Life Story / Obituary
Gordon Bennett Stewart, formerly of Royal Oak, Michigan passed away at home in Grawn, Michigan on December 22, 2020, with his family by his side. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 4, 1928 to Willard H. Stewart and Grace Belle (Willard) Stewart.
Gordon spent most of his working life as a truck driver, beginning with his family’s business, Stewart Moving and Storage. During World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines at 15, serving for 1 ½ years before his age was discovered. In 1951,with his company, Gordon’s Fast Express, he began delivering merchandise for Peppel Appliances in Detroit. Following his retirement in 1987 from Ryder/P.I.E. Truck Lines as a Teamster driver, Gordon relocated to the Grand Traverse area on Duck Lake with his wife Theresa, to be closer to his daughter her husband and grandchildren. Here he began a new career first working as a school bus driver for Traverse City. He then took a position at Munson Medical Center, first with the laundry and then transferring to Laboratory Services working as a Lab Courier until his retirement.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 65 years, Theresa R. (Hahn) Stewart; brothers Garnet and Richard; and sisters Pauline, Reta and Bernice.
Gordon is survived by his sister Duelda (Stewart) Hujar; his children Gordon P. Stewart, Sr., Deborah R. Stewart Kent (Daniel L. Kent) and Cynthia G. Bossert (Bernard Bossert); grandchildren Gordon P. Stewart, Jr., Alison R. Noonan, B.J. Bossert, Trevor Bossert, Justin Bossert; great grandchildren Jordan Stewart, Gabriel Noonan, Elijah Noonan, Joseph Wolf, Junie-Lynn Bossert, Piper Bossert and Paisley Bossert, along with many loving family members, so many nieces and nephews, and friends, all of whom loved him dearly.
Gordon Bennett Stewart lived a long and full life. He was a loving, hard working man, known as Dad and Pops to his children, Papa to his grandchildren and Papa the Great to his great grandchildren. He was affectionately entitled “Jasper” by his brother-in-law, Marvin Bailey, and spent many enjoyable hours with his circle of friends at the Little River Casino. He delighted in seeing others have a good time. He will be greatly missed and we are thankful for his love in our lives. Rest in peace, Jasper, for you are forever in our hearts.
Private family services will be held.
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