March 5, 1920 - October 25, 2017
Ray E. Stewart Jr., a long-time resident of Medford, Oregon, passed away peacefully the morning of October 25, 2017 in Monterey, California, where he had resided since December 2013.
Ray was born March 5, 1920 in Ogden, Utah an only child to his parents, Ray E. Stewart Sr. and Inez Hardy Stewart. He graduated from Ogden High School and attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. where he met and married the love of his life, Anne Brown. He enlisted and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1941. He participated in the Allied Forces Invasion of Europe in 1944 landing in Cherbourg, France with the 44th Infantry Division serving as a platoon leader in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a decorated veteran receiving a Bronze Star, Silver Star, and a Purple Heart during the 71st Infantry Regiment’s campaign through France, Germany, and Austria.
Following the Allied victory in Europe, Ray returned to the United States where he was reassigned to the Pacific Theater where he served on the staff and Honor Guard of General Douglas McArthur until his return to the U.S. in 1950. During the remainder of his career he served multiple overseas tours in Korea and Germany and eventually retired in Medford, Ore. as a Lt. Colonel after serving as sub-sector commander of the U.S. Army Reserves in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
Following retirement from the U.S. Army, he and his wife, Anne and two sons, Ray and Bruce settled in Medford where he served as the Jackson County Assessor for 16 years. Ray and Anne moved to the Monterey Peninsula in California in 2013 for health reasons and to be nearer to their family.
Ray was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Al Kader Temple of the Scottish Shrine. He and his wife, Anne were devoted University of Oregon Duck fans and supporters throughout their lives.
He will be remembered most as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He has joined his son, Bruce Leith and his wife, Anne in the afterlife. He is survived by his son, Dr. Ray E. Stewart III; daughter-in-law, Penny; four grandchildren, Ray E. Stewart IV (Glen), Heather Stewart Lino (Andrew), Tyler Stewart (Casey), and Nicole Stewart Lavelle (Isaac); and eight great-grandchildren, Sarah Lino, Bryson Lino, Grace Lino, Mila Lavelle, Eli Lavelle, Liam Lavelle, Harper Stewart, and Hudson Stewart.
A private memorial service and celebration of his life will be scheduled in the coming months in the Medford area.
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away" from a traditional West Point ballad and quote from Douglas McArthur’s farewell speech to Congress.