Clarence Stewart, 89, of Mesa, AZ, passed away at home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 after a long and courageous struggle with congestive heart failure. He was born in Stella on March 4, 1925.  

He was a veteran of WWII and participated in the first wave of the invasion of Leyte in the South Pacific. Severely wounded, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and numerous other awards.

Following the war, Clarence had a career as both a Station Master for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and as a State Farm Insurance agent. He was an avid golfer until recent years and a life-long Nebraska football fan.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie; daughter, Judy (David) Stewart; brother, James (Vera) Stewart; sister, Marian (Fred) Koerwitz; grandchildren, Greg Curnes, Monica Mahoney, Bradley Martin and Christopher Climer; great-grandchildren, Sydney Curnes, Kaia Martin and Braeden Martin and Declan Mahoney.  

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Floye Stewart; and by his daughter, Carol Curnes.

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