Gary A. Stewart, 54, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, Feb. 15, in Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Gary Allen Stewart was born April 5, 1954, in White Earth to Charles and Isabell (Big Bear) Stewart. He grew up in the Osage and Park Rapids area, attending school in Park Rapids. Gary worked for area contractors until moving to Kent, Wash., where he met and married Karen Mosley. He had worked at a steel mill in Kent before moving back to Detroit Lakes with his children in 1987. Later, Gary went back to school in Minneapolis at the American Indian Occupation Center, studying computers. He took a job in Wisconsin with Caterpillar making "drive-lines" for heavy equipment. In 2001, he moved back to Detroit Lakes and worked at a number of construction jobs in this area.
Gary enjoyed fishing in the lakes area and salmon fishing in Seattle. He also chartered boats on the Pacific Ocean, going for the "big fish." Gary was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, and enjoyed spending time with his friends, but most importantly spending time with his family.
Gary is survived by his wife, Karen, Kent daughters, Melissa Stewart, Kent, Crystal Stewart, Kent, Lisa Basswood, Naytahwaush; son, Eric, Kent; 12 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Linda Leonhardt, Ponsford, Nancy Big Bear, Moorhead, Gilbert "Sonny" Stewart, Detroit Lakes, Russell (Laurie) Stewart, Tacoma, Wash., Charles Stewart, Fargo, Susie Stewart, Detroit Lakes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ken Conklin; sister, Marilyn Conklin; one niece and an infant brother, Leonard Stewart.
The funeral service will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. in the Old Pine Point School, Ponsford, with Father Waltor Butor officiating.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the Old Pine Point School.
Interment is in St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery, Ponsford.
The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guestbook is available at www.daviddonehower.com.