Robert Rodgers Bob' Stewart, 91, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his home in Medford, Ore. Bob was born May 31, 1922 in Portland, Ore. and was a long-time resident of the Rogue Valley. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 1941, then enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving in the South Pacific. Upon his return from service, he married Emily Charney, a native of Michigan, in 1946, and graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley in 1948.
He and Emily moved to Medford in 1953, where he took over management of his father's shoe store at the corner of Central and Main Streets. Bob had broad interests, and enjoyed good conversation, fishing, the outdoors, travel, and the San Francisco 49ers. Later in life, he worked as a real estate agent and owned a gym facility. After retirement, he traveled to Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Mexico and New York. When he was in his 80s he volunteered at Providence Hospital for several years. Emily pre-deceased Bob in 1999.
Bob's family on his mother's side were Oregon pioneers, with two of her great-grandfathers crossing the Oregon Trail, one in 1846 and one in 1850. They initially settled in Hillsboro and Winchester, respectively, and her grandfather later migrated to California in 1868. His mother's family moved to Astoria, Ore. by ship, after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed the brick factory in the now-abandoned town of Carnegie, Calif. where his grandfather was employed as a carpenter.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marie Bethea, who he married in 2007; and his three children, Glenn Stewart of Livermore, Calif.; Cabe Silverhame of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Cindy Kaiser, of Medford, Ore. He had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild at the time of his death. He is interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. where his inscription reads A Good and Kind Man'.
Donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans of the United States or Providence Hospice, 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford, OR.