written by FARRELL J. “JIM” STEWART
Jim’s time on earth was absolutely superb. He considered himself extremely fortunate to have had excellent health and to have lived so long. God was very good to him and to his loving family. He died of old age on May 14, 2016.
Jim was the only child of Anna Cassidy Stewart Littlepage, a hard-working Irish Catholic mother whose love, ideals, kindness, compassion and character-building discipline provided the foundation and path for life’s beautiful journey. He valued the lessons his mom taught him along with her love of the blessed mother and the miraculous power of prayer through the Holy Rosary.
It was an enormous stroke of luck and outstanding good fortune for Jim to meet, know, marry and spend 55 magnificent years with his devoted and beautiful bride, Anne—a truly precious and exceptional human being whom he loved more than words could ever express.
Three children– Mary Aslin, Virginia Ringseth and Luke Stewart–brought immense joy, enormous pride, and honor to the family through the years. He was gratified by the love, fidelity, and affection they showed to each other, to him and to their loving mother, Anne.
Jim enjoyed those times he spent with Edward James Stewart Meyer, his son from a previous marriage; his sons-in-law, Matt Aslin and Paul Ringseth; his three grandchildren, Lindsay (Aslin) Hertel, Theresa Aslin and Aaron Aslin; and his great-grandchildren, Benjamin Aslin Machado, Audrey Hertel and Jason Hertel.
He liked the prayers and scripture contained in the 1962 Tridentine Traditional Latin/English Catholic Mass Missal. He regretted those times during his life that he failed to follow God’s commandments and the virtues of humility, kindness, patience, purity, charity, and love of neighbor. He prayed that his soul would be allowed to enter into God’s glorious, heavenly kingdom through the purifying process of penance and purgatory.
Dates: Born May 29, 1935, in Salt Lake City, Utah; 1953-graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School, 1953-1956; USMC 1955-56, Korea; 1956-61 USMC Reserve. Military awards – Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Medal. In 1960 married Anne V. Huish, Salt Lake City, Utah. 1962 B.S. degree from the University of Utah; 1968; M.S. degree from Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon.
Work history: (1) Apprentice Mechanic, Page Brake Co., Salt Lake City, UT; (2) Laborer, Carbon County Coal, Mine & Railroad, Columbia, UT; (3) Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps; (4) Steel Worker, Kennecott Copper Corp; Garfield,UT; (5) Patrolman, Salt Lake City Police Dept.; (6) Graduate Assistant, University of Utah; (7) Speech Pathologist, Grants Pass, OR, School District #7; Coos and Jackson Counties; Oregon Education Service Districts; (8) Sonotone Hearing Aid Rep., southern OR and northern CA; (9) Patrolman, Oregon State Police; (10) University of Wyoming, Laramie – Coordinator, Wyoming Project for Communicatively Handicapped School children; (11) Director of Special Education, Multnomah County Education Service District, Portland, OR; (12) Washington State licensed real estate salesman for Lutz Snyder and Shook-Brown Realtors, Vancouver, WA; (13)Secretary/Treasurer, for A.J. Stewart Co., inc., dba “Gift Gallery,” a Washington State retail sales corporation owned and operated with his beautiful bride, Anne.
As an educator, Jim held that even the most severely handicapped student could eventually learn to read and do math if encouragement was provided, measurable instructional objectives were defined, and the tasks to be learned were broken down and taught at a level wherein the learner could have some measure of success. He published articles in professional journals on this subject and co-authored a book, Community Competencies for the Handicapped, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Springfield, IL, 1978. He also published a paper which appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society: “A Nucleus Vocabulary in the Therapy of Dysphasia: Word Finding, Naming and Recall–Case Report,” 1966. He and Anne also wrote, edited, published, sold and distributed a monthly newsletter, “Trends in Special Education,” 1980-82.
Jim’s hobbies were buying/selling real property, building/remodeling houses, sailboat racing, and, in his later years, motorcycle riding, senior golf at Raspberry Ridge and casual golf at Homestead with his furry friend, “Rambo.”
Jim was a constitutional, legislative, judicial, fiscal and social conservative. He held that marriage was only for, and between, a woman and a man. He believed in the sanctity of life in the womb. He was Pro 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 10th, Amendments; a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9301, Lynden, WA; a life member of Bellingham, WA, American Legion Post #7; a charter member of Post #7 Legion Riders group; and a life charter member of Marine Corps League, Capt. Daniel B. Bartle Detachment, 1335, Bellingham, WA.
Jim’s ashes are to be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery in our nation’s capital.
On Friday, May 20, a Rosary will be recited at 1:00 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:30 pm. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 205 – 12th St, Lynden, WA. Reception will follow services at Homestead Golf & Country Club, 115 E Homestead Blvd, Lynden, from 3-5 pm.
- Date & Time: May 20, 2016 (No Time)
- Venue: St Joseph Catholic Church
- Location: 205 - 12th St Lynden, WA 98264 - (Get Directions)
- Date & Time: May 20, 2016 (No Time)
- Venue: Homestead Golf And Country Club
- Location: 115 Homestead Blvd Lynden, WA 98264 - (Get Directions)