Don ‘Pa’ Stewart, 86, of Saxton, died Friday, May 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born on October 2, 1931 in Hoquiam, WA a son of the late Samson Stewart of the Nez Pierce Indian Tribe and May Ford. On June 9, 2007 in Rocky Gap, MD he married Barbara A. (Howsare) Stewart who survives along with the following family: two sons: Johnny Neal Stewart and Mark Steven Stewart and wife Bonnie, both of Baltimore, MD; three daughters: Brenda Marie Kromeke and husband Adam, of Gloucester, VA, Lee Ann Barnes and husband Alex, of Bedford, and Lura Hansel and husband Billy, of Bedford; 13 grandchildren: Mark Stewart Jr. and wife Angie, David Stewart, Cody Stewart, Tonya Richardson and husband Eli, Rose Uribes, Jessica Supplee and husband Matt, Samantha Barnes, Patrick Wilson, Maggie Barnes, Cory Berkley, Gracie Strayer, Gannieus Hansel, and Everly Hansel; 11 great-grandchildren: Felicia Uribes, Zacharius Uribes, Macaleigh Richardson, Isaac Richardson, Aubree Richardson, Charlee Richardson, Mackenzie Supplee, Elie Supplee, Sheldon Supplee, Brandon Stewart, and Colten Wilson; multiple step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, in Baltimore; two brothers: Dan Stewart and wife Cowette, and Jerry Stewart and wife Judy, of Washington; and in-laws, Fred and Betty Howsare. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Wayne Stewart, a daughter, Joyce Ann Stewart, two grandchildren: Zacharius Uribes II, and Corrian Roth; a great-grandson, Matthew Supplee Jr., and three brothers: Frank, Ed, and Bob Stewart.
Pa was proud to be a Nez Pierce American Indian. He was a direct descendent of Chief Joseph, and his father was born on the ‘Trail of Tears’. Pa was served as a Chief Petty Officer and golden glove boxer in the Navy. He worked as a construction foreman. He helped build most of the high rise buildings in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. He refused to let any of his crew check the beams, he always walked them alone. He loved his family, all his grandchildren, and his puppies Oscar and Oakley. Pa enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, the beach, traveling, watching Mag Pie in her horse shows, and sitting around campfires.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., in the Chapel at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford, with Rev. Fred Howsare Officiating. Our online guestbook is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.