Ross Elliott Stewart, 88, of Norwalk, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky after a prolonged illness.
He was born July 29, 1919, in Cleveland, to George and Bess (Ferguson) Stewart. He came to Norwalk in 1959, and worked at Tenneco (Gould) from 1959, until his retirement in 1981. He held several U.S. patents and received a scientific achievement award as a special company honor. He enjoyed raising roses and for several years was a test grower for Jackson-Perkins.
He graduated from Shaw High School in Cleveland, and from the University of Kentucky as a mechanical engineer. He served with the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
He was a member of the Society for Automotive Engineers, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, theNorwalk Elks Lodge, Norwalk V.F.W., and gave generously of his time to many organizations over the years, especially Fisher-Titus Medical Center. At the age of 85, he and his son won the tennis doubles championship in Lakeside, Ohio. He had a zest for life, a twinkle in his eye, and always a smile on his face.
As a bridge teacher in 1950, he met his partner for life, Edythe Christine Platz of Norwalk, who survives him. He is the treasured father of Betsy Ann (Patrick) Boggs of Columbus, Barbara Ellen (David) Leahy of Brighton, Mich., and Douglas Ross (Dana) Stewart of Highland Park, Calif.; he had six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Lisa, in 1975; and his parents.
A gathering for family andfriends will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday in Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk. A memorial service will be at noon Saturday in St. Peter Lutheran Church; the Rev. Fred Wiechers, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857; Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northern Ohio Chapter, 23297 Commerce Park, Cleveland, OH 44122. Condolences may be sent at norwalkfuneral.com.