William Doliver (“Willie”) Stewart, Jr., 73, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Allendale, Missouri on July 25, 2019. He was born on March 30, 1946 in Louisville, KY to William Doliver Stewart, Sr. and Jean Casey Stewart. The oldest of three sons in a military family, Willie lived many places during his youth ultimately graduating from high school in Anchorage, Alaska.
Willie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from Missouri Western in St. Joseph, MO. While he worked in business for several years after graduating, he followed his family’s military heritage by joining the National Guard and then the U.S. Air Force. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant before retiring from the Air Force in 2006.
Willie married Claudia Suzanne Conrad on March 19, 2004 in St. Joseph, MO. Together they moved to Allendale, MO where Willie was quick to tell one and all how much he loved the peace and quiet. He spent several years driving for Heartland Motor Coaches and enjoyed telling stories of his adventures driving college and professional sports teams in the Midwest. Later he helped the Worth County schools by driving a school bus. He took pleasure in mentoring several local youths.
Willie served on the Allendale Town Board, was active in the Grant City Lions Club, and was a member of Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Grant City, MO. He was also a lifelong member of the Masonic lodge.
Some knew Willie as a dedicated military professional, others knew him as a Corvette enthusiast, a golfer, a card player, or a fellow who appreciated good food. All who knew him will remember him as quick with a story on any subject and just as quick to offer help or encouragement.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jean Stewart of Louisville, KY. He is survived by his wife, Claudia of Allendale, her parents Melvin and Delores Simpson of St. Joseph, MO, his brothers James Keith Stewart of Louisville, KY and Roy Timothy Stewart of Leawood, KS, stepdaughter Jessica (Becki) Ralyn and granddaughters Alexandra and Charlee Ralyn of Madison, WI.
A funeral service will be held at Crossroads 1st Assembly of God Church, Grant City, MO on Tuesday, July 30, at 11:00. Full military honors will be provided by the Missouri Honors Team and Worth County Memorial VFW # 3123. Interment will take place at a future date. Arrangements: andrewshannfuneralhome.com