Roy Leo Stewart, age 90, lifelong resident of Bronson, died early Sunday, April 8, 2007 at Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott. He was born June 13, 1916 in Bronson, the son of Fred Stewart and Bertha Vollmer Stewart. Roy married Mary Wolff on November 30, 1937 in Goodwich. Following marriage, the couple moved to California where Roy attended the Life Bible College in 1938. They returned to Bronson where Roy worked as a mechanic. He attended the Four Square Church and later the Bronson First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were currently attending the Bronson United Methodist Church when health permitted. Roy was a farmer stockman and also worked his auctioneer business. He personally built, owned and operated the Bronson Sale Barn from 1960 to 1970. He was a former 1st District Bourbon County Commissioner for 12 years. He started the Bronson Boy Scout program and started and was current president of the Bronson rural housing project. Roy also drove a school bus for a period of time. He had recently received his 50 year pin for membership in the Bourbon Masonic Lodge No. 268 and also the Bronson Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife Mary, of the home; one son, Alan Stewart and wife Charlotte, Bronson; four daughters, Kathryn Guss, Fort Scott, Bonnie Stewart and husband Jim, Emporia, Darlene Stewart and husband Frank, Kincaid, and Serena McAnulty and husband Randy, Bronson. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Stewart; a son, Clinton Stewart; four brothers, Ray, Ralph, Forest and infant Richard Stewart; granddaughter, Mary Ann Martin; and son-in-law, Vernon Guss.
The Rev. Paul Rooks and Rev. Chub Bolling will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Bronson United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Bronson Cemetery with Masonic services conducted by the Bourbon Masonic Lodge No. 268. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel. Friends may call anytime after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bronson Chapel or prior at Fort Scott. Memorials are suggested to a Roy Stewart Memorial Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Bronson Chapel, P.O. Box 93, Bronson, KS 66716.