Vern R. Stewart - November 05, 2011Vern R. Stewart, 87 of Crofton, father of Phillips resident Mike Stewart, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, S.D.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Crofton with Pastor Les Parmenter officiating. Burial will be in the Crofton City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. To send online condolences, or to view the video tribute, visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com. Memorials are preferred to the Elks Lodge #994 in Yankton or the United Church of Christ in Crofton.
Vern was born on April 4, 1924 at Addison Community, Nebraska to Robert W. and Hilda (Olson) Stewart. When asked his birthday he enjoyed saying “four, four, twenty-four.” He lived in the Addison Community where he attended school through the 7th grade. In 1938 they moved to the 2 Bar Ranch and he finished 8th grade at Herrick.
Vern married Eloise Shanek on June 10, 1952 at Yankton, S.D. In 1955 they moved to their current farm place northwest of Crofton. Throughout the 1960s and 70s they bought nearby land to increase the size of their farm. He raised corn, sorghum, oats and alfalfa and raised cattle, hogs and chickens. He never shied away from manual labor and even built his own machine shed. Vern enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing.
He belonged to the United Church of Christ in Crofton and was a former council member. He was a former member of the Herrick Township Board and was a member of the National Farmers Organization. He was a 50 year member of the Elks Lodge #994 in Yankton.
Vern is survived by his wife, Eloise of Yankton; two sons and their wives, Mike (Diane) Stewart of Phillips and Kelly (Deb) Stewart of Norfolk; four grandchildren, Melanie Stewart of Omaha, Patrick (Allison) Stewart of Minneapolis, Minn., Daniel Stewart of Norfolk, Emily Stewart of Norfolk; two sisters, Evelyn Zimmerman of Yankton and Lucille Engebretson of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother, Richard (Eileen) Stewart of Crofton; a sister-in-law, Ella Mae Shanek of Niobrara; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Hannelore Shanek of Castroville, Calif. and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lola Smith on Oct. 29, 2011, five brothers-in-law, Russ Engebretson, Raymond Smith, Elmer Zimmerman, Woody Pease, Jack Shanek and a sister-in-law Willa Dean Pease.