July 29, 1919 — Jan. 22, 2008
NORWALK — Ross Elliott Stewart, 88, of Norwalk, died Tuesday at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky following a prolonged illness.
He was born July 29, 1919 in Cleveland, the son of George and Bess (Ferguson) Stewart.
He came to Norwalk in 1959 and worked at Tenneco (Gould) from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. He held several U.S. patents and received a scientific achievement award as a special company honor.
He enjoyed raising roses and for several years was a test grower for Jackson-Perkins.
He graduated from Shaw High School in Cleveland and as a mechanical engineer from the University of Kentucky.
He served with the Air Force in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
He was a member of the Society For Automotive Engineers, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Norwalk Elks Lodge, Norwalk V.F.W. and gave generously of his time to many organizations throughout the years, especially Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
At the age of 85, he and his son won the tennis doubles championship in Lakeside. He had a zest for life, twinkle in his eye and always a smile on his face.
As a bridge teacher in 1950 he met his partner for life, Edythe Christine Platz of Norwalk, who survives him. He also is survived by his children and their spouses, Betsy Ann (Patrick) Boggs of Columbus, Barbara Ellen (David) Leahy of Brighton, Mich. and Douglas Ross (Dana) Stewart of Highland Park, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Lisa, in 1975.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Ave., Norwalk with the Rev. Fred Wiechers, pastor of the church, officiating.
Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, Ohio 44857; Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line Road, Sandusky, Ohio, 44870 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Northern Ohio Chapter, 23297 Commerce Park, Cleveland, Ohio 44122.
Online condolences may be made at www.norwalkfuneral.com.