PLANO, Texas - James LeRoy Stewart, 82, passed from this life on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Plano, Texas, surrounded by his family.
Born on Sept. 8, 1930, in Warren, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Blystone Stewart; mother, Louella Dollar Stewart; father, Ellis LeRoy Stewart; and sister, Jeanette Stewart Lake.
He and his wife lived in Warren and Cleveland; Olympia, Wash.; Gadsden, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; Clermont, Fla.; and Houston and Dallas, Texas.
The family says Jim was a man of infinite and unconditional love. Everyone who met him, loved him. He was proud of his family, his faith, his country, his U.S. Army service during the Korean War and his Ohio heritage.
He loved history, big band music, the Ohio State Buckeyes, ketchup, Blue Bell ice cream, nature and especially animals. He always had room in his heart and home for any stray that found him.
Those who celebrate and love him include his children, Mark (Martha) Stewart; daughters, Lori (David) Goldberg, Lynne Miller and Leigh (Mike) Fabbri; son-in-law, David Dunning; grandchildren, Spencer Stewart, James (Crystal) Outen, Landon (Robby) Newsom, Evan and Grant Fabbri; great-grandchildren, Brendan and Bryce Outen and Scarlette and Liam Newsom; 13 granddogs and six grandcats; and childhood friends Richard and Lotus Walters.
Jim's family would like to thank his physicians, caregiver Cathy Perez and the staff of Prestonwood Rehab and Nursing for their loving care and friendship.
To honor James, please donate to Operation Kindness, the SPCA of Texas or SPCA International, which helps soldiers keep their pets.
Arrangements were handled by Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Homes in Dallas, Texas.