EAST LIVERPOOL – Richard Dean “Rich” Stewart, 84, of East Liverpool, left his earthly home, surrounded by his loving family, to be with our Lord at 4:03 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2022 at St. Mary’s Alzheimer Care Center in Columbiana, Ohio, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Rich was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on October 28, 1938, the son of the late Thomas and Elsie (Hines) Stewart. He lived as a child in Pleasant Heights, attended Pleasant Heights Primary School and graduated from East Liverpool High School class in 1956. Rich began working at an early age as a stock boy at the Herron store on Lisbon Street, followed by Loblaws/Sparkle Market on Dresden Avenue. He then worked at Crucible Steel in Midland, Pennsylvania until they closed. His last job was a security guard at Shell Lubricant in Newell, WV, which retired in 2017.
He and his wife spent many years of summer vacations taking trips to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. He loved Florida beaches and it started when he was in his twenties working at Crucible Steel. Being married at that time to his ex-wife, they were taking a 2 or 3 week summer vacation with their children to the beaches of Florida and he had wonderful memories of those days.
Rich was a great father, strict but always involved in both of his son’s sports and helping and abetting as much as a father could in his daughters’ pursuits. Rich had a calm nature but that would change when the topic of sports came up. It was like opening a book of knowledge. He was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He remembered stats and names of players from the East Liverpool Potters football and basketball teams from years ago. When he and his sons got together it was like watching sports on steroids and they learned a lot from him.
He also followed the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers as they were his favorite teams as a youngster. He loved to attend stock car races in the 60s, which were held at Yeager Dr. Glenmoor and Clinton, PA. Sadly, all of those precious memories were erased when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Rich was a Christian by faith, accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior and attended First Nazarene Church in East Liverpool as a child where he and his brother Marvin would occasionally sing a duet during morning service.
Preceding Rich in death were twin sons Kevan and Kirk; three sisters Bertha Adkins, Martha Adkins and Vallie Fiorello; two brothers Marvin and Tom Stewart and his good friend Jim Stevens.
He is survived and will be deeply missed by his beloved soul mate and wife of 24 years, whom he married on May 1, 1998, Kayleen L. (Reed) Stewart; his children Cindy Ferlaino of Oklahoma City, OK, Rick Stewart of San Diego, CA, Tina Martin and husband Ed of Washington, PA, Julie Reynolds and husband Bill of Medina, OH, and Brian Stewart and wife Dot of Pickerington , OH; stepchildren Mia Kruggel of Chardon, OH and David Shaw and his wife Juren of Grove City, OH; eleven grandchildren Jimmy, Alissa, Brad, Nick, Michaela, Danielle, Jordan, Jack, Triston, Jacob and Aubrianna; five stepchildren Andrew, Joe, Elizabeth, Billy and Missy; four great-grandchildren Jaxson, Savana, Presley and Jaxston; a beautiful great-granddaughter Vivi and by her cousins, nephews and nieces. He also leaves to mourn his two feline friends, Lili and Tori, whom he lovingly spoiled.
Friends can visit Dawson Funeral Home on Tuesday where family will be present from 4-7 p.m. Pastor John Smith will lead a service at the funeral home Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial at Riverview Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the nurses, caregivers and staff at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Care Center and Sanctuary Hospice for their loving care and compassion in helping facilitate Rich’s journey.
Visit Rich’s memorial webpage and express your condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com