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Robert E. Stewart

Robert E. Stewart, 94, of Grafton, North Dakota, formerly of Drayton, North Dakota, died Sunday the 29 of November, at the Lutheran Sunset Home, in Grafton. Born April 1, 1926 to Herbert A. and Segre W. (Carlson) Stewart in Walsh County, North Dakota. He married Constance G. Cray on December 24, 1951 in Quincy, Illinois. She died on October 28, 1986. He married Mary Lou Buchanan on April 15, 1988 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. She died on July 29, 2018. Robert was a World War II veteran of the Navy, and served in the South Pacific. He was a millwright for International Harvester-Farmall, retiring in 1985.

Robert is survived by three children, Dennis (Cynthia) of Burlington, Iowa; Roberta Elmendorf of Davenport, Iowa; Harold C. Stewart of San Francisco, California; and a step-daughter Cheryl (Andy) Adamson of Drayton, North Dakota. Five Grandchildren Erik Stewart, Allison Stewart, Brett (Liz) Stewart, Nikki Stewart and Sean Stewart; and one step-granddaughter, Marie Adamson. Eight great grandchildren. Two brothers-in-law, David Cray (Connie) and H. Dean Cray (Marcia); and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; both wives; three brothers, Charles, Jack, and James; one sister, Jean Larson, and a son-in-law, Charles Elmendorf.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private family burial will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa on Wednesday the 9th of December, at 1:00 pm. Askew Funeral Home of Cavalier, North Dakota, are in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established for the Special Needs Foundation of Des Moines County. Please make your check out to the Special Needs Foundation and send in care of Dennis Stewart, 140 Greenbrier Drive, Burlington, Iowa 52601.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Lutheran Sunset Home for their exemplary care they gave to our Father, Robert. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for the care they provided. Thank you, to all of the care center staff.  


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the Officers of Knights of Columbus Council 568 wish to take this opportunity to express our condolences on the passing of our brother Knight Dennis Stewart's beloved father. We all start life in a watery tomb, unknowingly headed for a birth tunnel and to a life of breathing air, and water no more. We hauntingly move toward another tunnel ,a "birth" into a much better "world". As Christians, we know that Christ entered that tunnel through death and came back to His followers to reassure us where that tunnel leads. Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow me. For I go to prepare a place for you. To Robert's family, may your faith, friends and family bring you peace and comfort at this time.

Council 568, Knights of Columbus, Burlington, Iowa Dec 6 2020 12:00 AM