McCOOK, Nebraska -- Leslie Milburn Stewart, 96, passed away Saturday (Oct. 30, 2010) at Community Hospital.
Leslie was born Sept. 30, 1914, in Hunter, Kansas to Fred and Julia Ann (May) Stewart. He attended rural school through eighth grade.
He farmed for a short time before entering the U.S. Army on Aug. 27, 1942. He served during World War II where he specialized in heavy truck equipment. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1945.
He returned to farming until taking a mechanic position with Klein's Motor and Electric as a diesel mechanic. He was a dedicated employee for more than 40 years until his retirement.
On Oct. 4, 1968, he was united in marriage to Susie Annis Alcott. She preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 1986.
Leslie was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed yard work, puttering in his shop, playing bingo and checkers, and spending time with his Jack Russell terrier, Spot. His ultimate joy came from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Julia Stewart; his wife, Susie Stewart; two brothers, Kenneth and Chester Stewart; and two sisters, Luella Reed and Verda Hall.
Survivors include his son, Bob Schmidt and wife, Jolene of McCook; two daughters, Ranae and husband, Joe Williams, and Sandel and husband, Marion Brown, all of McCook; three granddaughters, two grandsons and six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Memorials may be given in his name to the McCook Humane Society.
Visitation is today, 3-8 p.m., at the funeral home. The casket will be closed. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Funeral services are Tuesday, 10 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lance Clay officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.