Stewart Edward Putnam passed away at home with his family by his side on July 2, 2012, in Roswell. He was 94 years young, and enjoyed a wonderful life. Stew was born Dec. 25, 1917, in Hesperus, Colo., to Robert A. Putnam and Irene E. Vergon, who preceded him in death. Stew was also preceded in death by his older sister Dorothy McClure, and younger brother Lee Putnam, who was killed in the Berlin Airlift.
He married Evelyn Anna Padgett May 17, 1944, in Santa Fe. She passed away in September 1988. He was also preceded in death by his longtime companion Estie Stamper, of Roswell.
Stew was a B-17 bombardier and pilot at the rank of 1st lieutenant during World War II, stationed in England. He was in Paris to celebrate the end of the war. He continued a 25-year career in the Air Force retiring at Glasgow Air Force Base in Montana as a senior master sergeant. He had a second career in the Civil Service as a computer programmer for 20 years, retiring a second time in Port Hueneme, Calif. Stew was an avid hunter, was a lifetime member of the NRA and an NRA instructor for many years. Stew retired in Roswell in 1994, and enjoyed traveling in his motor home, bowling and playing golf.
Stew is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Bill Corder, of Roswell; son and daughter-in-law Terry and Mary Putnam, of Young, Ariz.; grandchildren, Heather Hellmers and husband Kendall, of Roswell, Stewart Todd Corder, of Lompoc, Calif., Kathy Bemiller, of Chandler, Ariz., Danny Putnam, of Glendale, Calif., two granddaughters-in-law, Paula and Cindy; and eight loving great-grandchildren, Brittany, Tristen, Cheyenne, Wyatt, Trinity, Cameron, Alyssa and Hannah.
Stew was a loving father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be greatly missed.
No services are planned at this time as per Stewart’s request.
Friends may pay their respects online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.