John T. Stewart

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008

Longtime Juneau resident John T. Stewart died April 8, 2008, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, due to complication from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Born Feb. 21, 1931, in Billings, Mont., to Tommy and Marge Stewart, he was raised in the Red Lodge/Fox area of Montana on his parent's ranch. After high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

After the war, he worked for the railroad, then attended and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in business administration. While in college, he met his wife, Connie Christison, and they were married in Great Falls, Mont., in 1957. They divorced in 1981.

He worked for Del Monte Foods in San Francisco and Kodiak, before moving to Juneau to work for the Department of Fish and Game, where he worked, until he retired in 1986.

Family said he loved Alaska and was an avid boater, fisherman, hunter and explorer, who eventually did all his shooting with a camera. His pride and joy were his children and grandsons, they said. He enjoyed life to the best of his ability until Alzheimer's prevented him from doing so.

For the past four years, he lived at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, and the Stewart family deeply appreciates the efforts and support provided to John by all the people at the Pioneer's Home.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

He is survived by his son, Thomas L. Stewart and is wife, Nelda; daughter, Jeanne Marie Cox and her husband, Chuck, of Everett, Wash.; brother, Robert Stewart and his wife, Ginger, of Helena, Mont.; sister, Isabelle Martelli and her husband, Joe, of Anaconda, Mont.; grandsons, Clayton, Ashley, Anthony and Nicholas Stewart; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation is past. There will be a private family memorial and scattering of ashes at a later date in Montana. If desired, donations can be made to Catholic Community Service in his honor. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 211323, Auke Bay, AK 99821.

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