John Gene Stewart
Obituary - John Gene Stewart
1923 - 2020
John Gene Stewart passed away peacefully at home early morning Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 surrounded by those who loved him. He was born August 28th, 1923 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Samuel Franklin Stewart and Margaret McCoy Stewart. In his youth, he also lived in Pauls Valley and Wynnewood Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He lived most of his adult life in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he raised his family and worked for and retired from the Oklahoma State Transportation Department as an engineer and bridge construction inspector.
In his 96 years of life, he survived the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, fought in World War II with the Army Air Corps in a B-24 bomber crew, lived on four continents, raised four children, paid off two houses, and loved one woman for sixty-five years. He was a quiet and kind man who enjoyed his pets and watching wildlife around his home, working in his yard and household projects, reading, a cup of coffee with friends, and spending time with his family. Later in life, he and his wife, Elisabeth, relocated to Ormond Beach, Florida which is where he passed away.
He attended school at Oklahoma University after the war and studied geology. He eventually worked for several oil exploration companies searching for oil reserves in Somalia, Venezuela, Libya, and France. He met his wife, Elisabeth Herbert from Pau, France and they were married on July 30th, 1955 in Pau and relocated back to the United States and started their family. Later in life, he returned to school and attended night classes at Oklahoma City University and received a degree in Political Science.
He is survived by his wife, Elisabeth Stewart, daughter Carole Nyenhuis of Venice, FL and her husband Ron Nyenhuis., son Jerome Stewart of Orlando, FL, daughter Valerie Silvers of Denver, CO and her husband Steven Silvers, and son Frank Stewart of Ormond Beach, FL. Grandchildren include Heather Davis, Danielle Keogh, Marissa Silvers, and Madeleine Silvers. Great Grandchildren include Brittaney Neuman, Bryanne Fillman, Bryley Fillman, and Aria Keogh. Siblings Bert Stewart, Stanley Stewart, Jette Ann Simpson, Edward Boyd Stewart, and Cherrye Stewart predeceased him.
Funeral Service is Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood, OK at 1:00 PM followed by a Celebration of Life at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, OK.
Published on February 3, 2020
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Ingrid & Paul silvers
Feb 22, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Babette and the Stewart family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Ingrid and paul
Jessica, Ashley, and Al
Feb 20, 2020
Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of John Gene Stewart by Jessica, Ashley, and Al.  Send flowers
Romola Stewart-Ping and family.
Feb 17, 2020
Basket of Memories was purchased for the family of John Gene Stewart by Romola Stewart-Ping and family..  Send flowers
Karen Vahlberg
Feb 04, 2020
Uncle Gene was an special and important influence for my entire life. He was not particularly talkative, but always gave you his listening ear and a smile and a laugh. He was a fine photographer, and took a photo of me that is my favorite from my childhood. The times spent at his house in Stillwater, riding in the back of his pickup truck with my cousins, are also favorite memories. He was a man to be admired for many things: his quiet steadiness, his devotion to his family, his work ethic. While I am saddened that he is lost to this earth, I embrace the belief that he is joyous in the company of his siblings who went before him, and is looking forward to being with the rest of his loved soon enough.Read more
Robert Campbell
Feb 04, 2020
I remember John from when he bought clothing from my store many years ago.
He was always the consummate gentleman with good taste.
Not surprised, he was of the Greatest Generation. Sorry for his loss.