A celebration of life funeral service for James will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Nishna Valley Funeral Home at 11:00 AM. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation two hours prior to the service at the funeral home Thursday beginning at 9:00 AM. Burial with military honors will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials in James' name are being directed to the family.
James Warren Stewart, son of Warren Nelson and Ramona Claire (Oehlertz) Stewart, was born on September 14, 1947 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He peacefully entered into rest on Friday, February 15, 2019 at his Shenandoah, Iowa, home following a brief illness at the age of 71 years, 5 months, 1 day.
His early life started off in Creston, Iowa, where he started elementary school. The family lived there until 1962, when they moved to Arispe, Iowa and lived in rural Union County and Ringgold County until graduating from Mount Ayr High School with the Class of 1966. Following graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving from 1966 through 1968.
A true patriot, Jim embarked on an 18 year dedication of service to the Iowa Army National Guard following his discharge from the Army. He attained the rank of Sergeant E5 in the 1st Batallion 168th Infantry, Maintenance Org. He received the Army Achievement Medal and received his Gunner certification in August of 1991.
On September 19, 1969, Jim married the love of his life, Linda Ruth Brown, at Grant City, Missouri. Following their marriage they lived in Shannon City, Iowa. They later resided in Arispe and Creston, Iowa, before settling in Shenandoah, where they have resided for the last 38 years. To this union, two children, Madena and Travis were born.
While living in Ringgold and Union Counties, Jim worked at the Farm & Home in Creston. When the family moved to Shenandoah, he worked for Eaton Corp. at their Shenandoah transmission manufacturing plant as a machinist until his retirement. A “gear head”, Jim was a big car enthusiast. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping, wood working and spending time with his family in his spare time. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and great grandson.
Jim will always be remembered for being a wonderful husband, father, grandpa (pa), brother and friend. Preceding him in death were his parents, Jack and Ramona Shiflett; father, Warren Stewart; two brothers, Richard Stewart and Steve Shiflett.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Stewart of Shenandoah, IA; two children Madena Silence of Shenandoah, IA and Travis Stewart and Tiffany Gleason of Shenandoah, IA; five grandchildren, Tyler Stewart and Kylee Farrell of Shenandoah, Kruze Stewart of Randolph, IA; Paige Gleason, Hunter Steinhoff and Morgan Silence, all of Shenandoah, IA; great grandson, Cameron Stewart of Shenandoah, IA; three siblings, Darrell Stewart and his wife Norah of Woden, IA, Sheila Stewart and her husband David of Winterset, IA, and David Shiflett and wife Cathy of Grant City, MO; other relatives and many friends.