Larry David Stewart, 74, of Memphis died Monday, February 25, 2019 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
He was born the son of Bertsel Garnet and Xona Verlene (Sperry) Stewart on April 30, 1944 in Norborne, Missouri.
Larry entered the United States Navy on February 5, 1964 in Carrollton. He served in Vietnam as a corpsman attached to a Marine group. Larry earned a Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal for his service. He was discharged on May 3, 1968.
He married the former Diana Moritz on December 20, 1969. They later divorced.
Larry graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Master of Science Degree in Industrial Safety. He was employed for a long time with OSHA and later in the construction industry as a safety engineer. He also farmed.
He enjoyed hunting, genealogy, collecting guns, working on cars and was interested in politics. Larry was especially proud of his Scottish heritage.
Larry was an active member of the Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25 in Chillicothe. He transferred his membership to the Verne Stone American Legion Post #219 when he moved to Memphis. He was a member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 in Memphis. Larry was a Shriner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Patricia Wiggins; nephews: David and Mark Wiggins; nieces: Beth Wiggins and Sally Plowman; five great nephews and four great nieces.
A celebration of life service was held February 27 at the Gerth Funeral Home in Memphis. A private inurnment, with military rites, will be held at a later date at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO.