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 Floyd John Stewart

Floyd John Stewart

Birth
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Death 16 Jan 2013 (aged 93)
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 103782540 · View Source
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Floyd John Stewart, 93, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Big Sky Senior Living.

Floyd had lived under the caring watch of the staff of Big Sky Senior Living and Frontier Hospice for the past three years.

Floyd was born in Butte on Feb. 25, 1919, to John Ellsworth Stewart and Hilda Randa Stewart. Floyd was educated in Butte. He and his father moved so often that he attended six different grade schools: St. Pat's, St. John's, Sacred Heart, Webster, Lincoln and Grant. He also attended Washington Junior High School, the old Butte High School and the new Butte High School, graduating in 1939. Floyd then went on to attend the Butte Business College.

Floyd was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 14, 1941. He was a member of the largest draft contingent to ever leave Butte at that time. Over 500 people showed up at the Milwaukee Depot to see them off. The Army captain in Missoula in charge of the draft remarked that this group from Butte was the first that did not damage the railcars on their way to Missoula. Floyd was only required to serve for one year but stayed in the service until 1946. He graduated from Quartermaster School and served with the 20th Air Force 315 Air Service in Guam. After his time in the Army, Floyd continued his service by joining the reserves. Floyd took pride in his service and remembered every detail of his time in the U.S. military and the men he served with. He enjoyed sharing these stories well into his 90s.

Floyd's first job was with the National Youth Authority (NYA). He was hired to carry water from the basement to the first three floors for the janitors for $3 a day. He also worked summers at the Boys' Camp in Deer Lodge, and worked the concessions at the Columbia Gardens with his godmother, Rose Hilary. This led him to working as a dishwasher with Rose at the Hilary Café, where he joined his first union. In the winters, Floyd worked at the Brown's Bridge Ranch at the Big Hole, feeding cattle and attending to the smoke house. Floyd also played football in the Employed Boys League with the Ambrosetti Fuelers.

Floyd owned and operated Reardon Plumbing and Heating with his first wife, Marjorie Stewart. When Floyd retired, Reardon Plumbing and Heating was the oldest plumbing shop in the city of Butte.

Floyd belonged to many organizations throughout his life, beginning with the Boy Scouts from St. John's Episcopal Church, Elks Troop 28. He also later belonged to the Butte Country Club, the Elks, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis, Cooks and Waiters Union 1940, and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 41. Floyd was the oldest living member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 41, being a member for over 70 years. Floyd was the commander for the Sons VFW #1448, Commander for VFW Post District #4, and commander for Butte Pup Tent #10. He served on the Montana State Plumbing Board under two governors, Tom Judge and Forrest Anderson. Floyd was mayor of the East Park Street Plaza Merchants, state president of the Master Plumbers' Association and served on the Plumbers' Insurance Committee. Floyd also worked as a plumbing inspector for Butte-Silver Bow.

After retiring, he devoted his time and expertise to the Senior Volunteer Program with the Butte School District, teaching plumbing to the middle school students for six years. He was also a devoted member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Floyd married Marjorie Ellen Reardon on June 22, 1943. Together they had three children — Jack, Ettasue, and Frances. Marjorie passed away on Nov. 30, 1971. Floyd then married Freda "Babs" Geach on Aug. 26, 1972. Babs passed away in 2008.

Floyd is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ed and Frances Holmes; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Sharon Stewart; and son-in-law, Rob Ferris. His surviving grandchildren and their spouses are Patrick and Jennifer Kueffler, Ed and Amanda Holmes, Chad and Erika Ferris, Brad Ferris, Jodi and Gianandrea Borriello, Bobbi Jean and Alan Chatriand, John and Megan Stewart, and Eddie and Heidi Stewart of Butte. Great-grandchildren include Ember and Dillon Kueffler, Kaitlin Ferris, Cole and Brityn Stewart, Kyler Stewart, and Jackson and Grace Chatriand.

He is also survived by his stepchildren and their spouses, John and Paulette Geach, Jim and Jackie Smitham, Lorrie and Dave Haaglund, and Rich and Betty Seickman. He is survived by several-step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hilda Stewart; his first wife, Marjorie Stewart, and second wife, Babs Stewart. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Ettasue Stewart Ferris, who passed away Dec. 28, 2012, and great-granddaughter, Sierra Kueffler who passed away May 30, 2008.

We would like to thank Laurie and her staff at Big Sky Senior Living and Frontier Hospice for all of their care and compassion in caring for Floyd.

Memorials may be made to Frontier Hospice, the Paul Clark Home, the Montana Tech Library, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21,

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Ann's Church. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103782540
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Floyd John Stewart (25 Feb 1919–16 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103782540, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) .