Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel for Ronny J. Stewart, who passed away at his home on Nov. 13, 2012. Interment will be in South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ronny was born on Black Thursday, Oct. 6, 1929, in Carter, Okla., to Bert C. and Vestal Lorene Campbell Stewart. His family moved to the Roswell area during the Depression. He was taught by his father to read before starting first grade at East Grand Plains school. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1948.
He was a man of few words whose actions alone tell the story of who he was, a man built of strength and resilience, a true example of genuine honor and integrity. He loved his family, his work, animals, nature and the helpless. He believed in the value and honor of hard work. After graduation from Roswell High School, he entered the Apprenticeship Program of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, he was journeyman electrician for 62 years. He was a master craftsman, and highly respected for his skill and workmanship by his fellow workers, both electricians and other construction craftsmen. He worked on many construction jobs in and around Roswell, throughout New Mexico and as far as Michigan.
When not on a job he taught his children and experimented with many different mechanical ideas and inventions, always interested in learning new things.
After his retirement, with the help of his son, he built his own home. He was a loving father and husband, worked hard for his family.
As a young boy and into his early adulthood he was a dedicated playmate and faithful companion to his two brothers, Glinnis and Royce, who were disabled by Cerebral Palsy.
He is survived by his wife Leona Stewart of the family home; his son Douglas Stewart and his wife Janice, of Roswell; his daughter Sheri Johnston and her husband Chris, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Kristin Stewart and Eric Stewart, of Albuquerque; Justin Bowman and his wife Danielle, of Ruidoso; Dyan Bowman, of Ruidoso; Kayla and Tyler Johnston, of Albuquerque; and the delight of his last five years Hudson and Hunter Bowman, of Ruidoso; he is also survived by his sister La Juana Borick and her sons, Steve, of Houston, and Brian, of Dallas; and mother-in-law Ruth Whitt, of Roswell.
Pallbearers are Doug Stewart, Eric Stewart, Justin Bowman, Chris Johnston, Mark Lewis and Lorenzo Najar. Honorary pallbearers Alden Forbau, Charles Stearns and his IBEW 611 brothers and sisters.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Glinnis Stewart and Royce Stewart, by his father Bert Stewart; his mother, Lorene Campbell Stewart, father-in-law Wiley Whitt and brother-in law Matt.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.