In memory of

David W. Stewart, age 77 of Helena

August 12, 1936 – May 23, 2014

 David Stewart, 77, passed away in his sleep at his home in Helena.

 He was born Aug 12, 1936 in Champaign, Illinois to Claude and Marie Stewart. David had a brief tour of duty in the Navy in 1954.  Later, he moved to Washington and Utah before meeting and marrying his wife of 51 years, Carol in Malad, Idaho in 1963. They moved to Montana in 1970 and knew they would stay forever and raise their family.

 David worked as a customer service representative for IBM for 25 years, retired in 1991 and then drove a school bus for 5 years after that.  He enjoyed fishing, camping with family, and hunting; especially going to Martinsdale for the whitetail deer.

 He is survived by his wife Carol, sons Mike (Kim), John (Leona), Craig (Risi), Bryan, and Scott (Char). Brothers Dan and Vic and sister Doris. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

 David was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dick, Don, Dale, Chuck and sister Peg.

 A special thanks to the Cancer Treatment Center at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hospice of St. Peter’s and the Masonic home for their excellent care of Dad while he was ill.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home Chapel, 315 E. 6th Ave., Helena.  Burial with Military Honors will be Wednesday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery, Fort Harrison.  Please share your memories or express your condolences by signing David’s guestbook at www.retzfuneralhome.com

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  1. Sandra Crane says

    Thinking of you John and Leona, What a Handsome man Thoughts and Prayers to you <3

  2. Doris Bullock says

    Hi kids, I am so sorry about Dave. I know what you all went thru with his cancer and all. We went thru pretty much the same thing with Uncle Monroe. There are no words to make you feel any better other than he is no long suffering and I know you have heard it more than you’d ever want to. I’m sorry I could not make it out there and I hope you forgive me . You kids were like my own and I love you all that much. Give my love to your mom.

  3. Victor Stewart says

    Dear Mike, Kim, John, Leona, Craig, Risi, Bryan, Scott & Char,
    I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I hope you have many happy memories of him and I know you all will miss him.
    Uncle Butch and Geneva

  4. Terry Stewart says

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Uncle David was a special person. God bless you all.

  5. Alan & Barbara (Jones) Hatch says

    For our Montana Stewart Family:
    May you be comforted now and in the coming days with warm thoughts and memories of Uncle Dave. He sure did love the great outdoors and he really did love to hunt and fish. Most of the memories that I have growing up had to do with vacationing in Montana with your family & Aunt Dorie’s family.
    Now someone correct me if I’m wrong and I apologize if I am offending anyone; I remember how your Mom and Dad laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes when my Mom mistook Uncle Dave’s hair grease (or something greasey) and brushed her false teeth with it, and then sometime in the coming days, she accidentally sprayed her armpits with Aunt Carol’s hairspray thinking it was deoderant. Uncle Dave teased my Mom so bad…as only a brother can do.
    Aunt Carol, I wish I could be there to hug you and show my love for you. (You were so kind to me at Mom’s funeral.)
    Barbara & Alan Hatch,
    Tucson, Arizona

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