Eugene H. “Whitey” Stewart, 89, of South Whitley, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born Dec. 19, 1923, in Lawrence County, a son of the late Delbert C. and Nellie (Walton) Stewart.
His formative years were spent in Mitchell, Ind. and later Detroit, Mich. He completed his education with a GED while in Detroit.
On April 6, 1943, he was inducted into the U. S. Army. He became a tank driver with Patton’s 3rd Army. He was on the third wave of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, Utah Beach. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged Nov. 16, 1945.
In 1942, he was united in marriage to Mary L. Brinson. She died in 1955. Later that year he married Patty Jean Cook, she died Feb. 21, 1977. On Dec. 17, 1977, he married Alice E. Sheets, they have always lived in South Whitley.
A master mechanic and machinist, he worked for Gripco in South Whitley retiring as the engineering supervisor with over 40 years of service.
An avid golfer, he also enjoyed Coon hunting and belonged to the Whitley County Coon Hunter’s Association.
His other memberships included a charter member of VFW Post 2919, South Whitley and First Baptist Church, South Whitley
Surviving relatives include his wife, Alice; sons, Larry Stewart of New Haven, Cheyenne (Barbara) Stewart of South Whitley, Larry D. Boggs of Columbia City, Roger (Carol) Boggs of Columbia City and Gene (Terri) Boggs of Grantsville, UT; daughters, Linda Marlowe of Smyrna, Ga., Sandra Shenefield of North Webster and Connie Herron of South Whitley; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald, Delbert and Roy Stewart; a sister, Evelyn Sweaney; two half brothers, Raymond and Samuel Baxter; a half sister, Martha Wise and two grandchildren, Robin Herron and Benny Boggs.
The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be at the South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the First Baptist Church of South Whitley. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com .