James Edward Stewart

Born: Fri., Nov. 19, 1920
Died: Thu., Mar. 17, 2016


Graveside Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 23, 2016
Location: Idlewilde Cemetery


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James Edward Stewart

November 19, 1920 – March

James Edward Stewart passed away March 17, 2016 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.

Graveside services will be held in Hood River, Oregon at Idlewilde Cemetery on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions can be sent to The Rollin Schimmel Memorial Wrestling Foundation at P.O. Box 552, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.   Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Jim was born November 19, 1920 in Conrad, Montana to Leo and Teresa Walter Stewart. He attended schools in the Great Falls, Montana area, graduating in 1939.  After two years of college, he joined the United States Army Air Corps in June of 1942, serving our country until December of 1945. He was a radio operator as part of a bombardier unit that flew missions over the western tip of England and he celebrated the end of World War II in Paris, drinking champagne from the high heeled shoe of a French woman.

After the war, Jim worked for the US Forest Service for several years. On March 30, 1953, he married Naomi Hess, in Hood River, Oregon. Together, they operated “Stewart’s Variety Store,” first in Ordnance, Oregon and later in Spokane, Washington. In 1962 he began his career with J.C. Penney Company. During his twenty year career, he worked at stores in Lewiston and Sandpoint, Idaho, Pasco, and Kennewick, Washington and in 1970, he and Naomi moved their family to Pendleton, where he completed his career with Penney’s, retiring in 1982.

After retirement, Jim and Naomi spent many years travelling; some of their favorite destinations were Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico and the Panama Canal. Jim was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the years that they lived on the Salmon River at Otis, near the Oregon coast. They returned to Pendleton in 1999, and after Naomi’s death in 2004, Jim remained a resident of Sunridge Retirement Community until shortly before his death.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi, his sister Antoinette and his young son, George. He is survived by daughter, Kathy Rinehart and husband, James, son Tim and his wife, Colleen, and son Thomas, all of Pendleton and his son Dennis and his wife, Lori, of Gig Harbor, Washington. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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