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“Dear Pat and family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your husband and dad. I know how hard the past few months have been on all of...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Diane Belcher - chesterfield twp, MI

“My sympathies go out to Pat and Family, I know that you two did not get to spend much time here at the Park after you bought, but I know the time you...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Becky DeSpirt - Palm Harbor, FL

“To Pat and family We were sorry to hear about Don's lengthy battle with cancer and his passing away. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy Sue and...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sue and Jack Rego - palm harbor, FL

“Dearest Pat & Family:We are so sorry and so sad to hear of Don's passing. Don's obituary truly describes who and what Don was all about. We have...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jim & Loretta Hudson - FL

“Lots of love to Tony's family from Kim's family in Ludington. We know Don will be dearly missed. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Patti Klevorn - Ludington, MI

“Dear Pat and Family~ We are sorry and sad to get this news! What a friend Don has been to us. Don helped me through each and everyday while George...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: MaryJo & George Poulson - Erie, PA

“So sorry to hear of Don's passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Love you all! ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Doris and Bob Brewer - Germantown, TN

“Sine Don lived in Michigan and we live in Tennessee, we did not see Don very much. My husband had always told me how handsome Don was. We saw his...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Roy and Mary Sue Scobey - TN


Army

While the country was in the midst of a second world war, Joe Dimaggio was beginning his first of a fifty-six game hitting streak and the silver screen was being lit up by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, in a small but comfortable home in Jackson, Tennessee on October 17, 1941, Don Ferrell Stewart was entering into the world. After several years in Medina, Tennessee, at the age of ten, Don and mother would relocate to Muskegon, Michigan where his step-father lived at the time. It took young Don a while to adjust to his new surroundings in the north with its bitter cold winters that seemed to last forever. But Don, never one to complain, was a good student and a typical young man of his era.

During his junior year at the age of seventeen, Don, like many young men during this time, decided that the Military offered the best opportunities for advancement and he bravely enlisted into the United States Army. After his initial training, Don began his service on January 13, 1959. He was stationed in Fort Benjamin in Harrison, Indiana and later at the Selfridge Air Force base in Harrison Township, Michigan. Don served diligently as a Private gradually moving up through the ranks and specializing in radar repair. He would complete several military courses all of which were applied to his general studies and thus satisfied the requirements needed for his high school diploma.

After three years, one month and twenty-nine days in the Army, Don was earned an honorable discharge on March 12, 1962 ranking as a Specialist 5 and was highly decorated. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Marksmanship Badge for his use of a carbine, the Sharpshooter Badge also for his use of a carbine, and the Marksmanship Badge again for ... READ MORE →

Military Service
U.S. Army • Specialist • Radar Repairman
January 1959 through March 1962, Fort Benjamin and Selfridge Air Force Base