Chester A. Stewart, 96, passed away on Nov. 23, 2006, at the Oregon City Health Care Center, Oregon City, Ore.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Christian Church of Richland at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Gordon Bond officiated.
Chester was a retired minister, having served the Christian Church of Richland for many years and retiring from there in 1985. Chester loved his Lord and was passionate about preaching the Word, sticking closely to Scripture from the King James Version which he personally considered the true translation.
Gardening was one of his hobbies with a special interest in roses. He purchased, planted, and nurtured many of the roses around the church building in Richland. Because he loved to do it, he also took on the responsibility of the grounds upkeep as long as he was able.
Another of his talents was carpentry, which he put to good use as the “handy man” and helping with the remodeling of the church building and parsonage.
After losing his wife, Lorraine, to cancer in 1980, he learned to “love his neighbor” Velma Weir, and they were married in 1982.
Chester was known to many as a kind, gentle, and humble man. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Marlene and her husband, Arthur Baisley; granddaughter, Chari Harrill, of Lodi, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, all of California; two step-children, Ericka Weir, and Mark Weir and wife, Melody; three step grandchildren, all of Ontario, Ore.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor