Doyle E. Stewart, age 95, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Avera Yankton Care Center.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Molly Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are: Brent Stewart, Jesse Johnson, Kim Johnson, Amy Ziereis, Jacob Stewart, Erica Stewart, and Deanna Stewart. Honorary pallbearers are: Brandon Stewart, Karen Donnelly, Matt Ziereis, Larry Pietz, Ron Rachuy, Jim Robinson, Tom Fitzgerald and all of his coffee friends at Tastee Treat.
Doyle E. Stewart was born February 19, 1920, in Rupert, Idaho, to George and Lillie (Shalberg) Stewart. He attended school in Crofton, Nebraska, for a few years until moving to Yankton, South Dakota, where he finished his education. He married Dorothy Aman on October 18, 1942, in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Doyle enlisted into the United States Army Air Force, where he worked on the flight line, maintaining the airplanes during World War II. After the war he began working for Montgomery Ward Co. which he continued for 12 years in Sioux City, Iowa; Yankton, South Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; and Phoenix, Arizona. They moved back to Yankton where Doyle began working for Vanderhule Furniture Co for three years. In 1958, Doyle and Dorothy started the Stewart Carpet Center, which they operated for 22 years until retiring in 1980, when he sold the business to Gregg and Mary Lee Stewart. After their retirement, they enjoyed traveling all over the country in their motor home. Doyle also enjoyed working with his cars, coffee with his friends at Tastees, and visiting with everyone he met. He enjoyed working in the carpet center and had an unbelievable talent for remembering his customers, including telephone numbers and even birthdays. He loved his family above all else and missed his wife greatly after she passed on May 26, 2012.
Survivors include his two sons: Douglas Stewart and his fiancée, Roxanne Paulsen of Mitchell, SD and Gregg (Mary Lee) Stewart of Yankton; five grandchildren: Brent (Erica) Stewart, Brandon (Karen) Stewart, Kim (Jesse) Johnson, Amy (Matt) Ziereis; and Jacob (Deanna) Stewart; and 10 great grandchildren: Jack and Isaac Stewart; Brianna, Elle, Trystan, Kirsten, and MaKenzy Johnson; Maxwell and Samantha Ziereis; and Oscar Stewart and one sister-in-law, Peggy Aman.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy; parents, George and Lillie Stewart; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Stewart, and brother, Glenn Stewart.
Memorials may be directed to the UCC (Congregational) Church, 218 West 5th Street, Yankton, South Dakota 57078.
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Sympathy to you and your family. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Joan Stewart and family
His son Gregg and I graduated together from Yankton High school we sat next to each other during the hot graduation day and have always been friends. Greg can tell you the rest. I can not attend the funeral as my cousin died also on Sunday. His funeral is at the same time on Thursday in Viborg. Lowell Johnson 77. My mother died last year at 96. I always knew Doyle as a kind and caring man. Much rubbed off on his son Greg. Please let your family know that we are thinking of you during your time of sorrow. My father would have been about the same age as he was born in 1919. He died in 1987 at the age of 67. Dad farmed 6 1/2 miles north on the Walsh town Road just 2 miles from your dads farm all his life. I am sure you will miss him as I miss mine. I am sure our fathers will have a lot to talk about when your dad gets to Heaven.
Gary Swensen - Yankton, S.D.
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Loran thought a lot of Doyle.
Loran & Kathy Tramp
So very proud to have know this fine veteran who served his country so well. He and Dorothy can very proud of the strong, Christ loving and children and grandchildren they have raised. I see Gregg and Mary Lee almost daily and his work ethic is alive and well at the business place and in the church. I always admired his great choices in vehicles and how well he cared for them (just a guy thing). Just too bad that I had to wait until today to find out his was from Rupert - my in-laws were born there as well. They were of the same age as Doyle.
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