AITKIN -- William "Bill" C. Stewart, 85, Aitkin, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at the Riverwood Extended Healthcare Center in Aitkin.
He was born April 23, 1917, in Cloquet to Nora and William Ehlert. His father was hurt in a mill accident and died. The family lived in Cloquet until his mother married Jack Stewart and they moved to Aitkin. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1939. He worked in lumber camps, cooked in area cafes and was employed by Northern Service Co. until he was drafted. He was a member of the 95th Infantry Division, which landed on Omaha Beach in October 1944. He received a Bronze Star for taking the first patrol across the Saar River in Belgium. He returned to Aitkin at the close of World War II in Europe and worked as a cook and later as a Northern Service Co. salesman. He married Mary Lee Smith in 1947. He was a member of the original Aitkin Jaycees. He served on the fire department for 29 years. For many years, he was a member of the city council and served in various capacities. For more than 50 years, he was an active member of the American Legion. Before his retirement he worked in the assessor's office.
His parents and a sister, Helen Boyer, died earlier.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, William Jr., Menomonie, Wis., John, Chisolm, and James, Big Lake; three grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor Leiviska.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Westside Church in Aitkin with Pastor Dallas Smith officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors by the Aitkin American Legion Post 86 and VFW Post 1727 at the Spencer Cemetery in rural Aitkin.
Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Saturday and one hour before services Sunday at the Willim Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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