Larry David Stewart


Celebration of Life
1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Gerth Funeral Home


American Legion

{April 30, 1944 - Feb. 25, 2019}

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.

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  1. Rest In Peace Brother Larry! We shall miss you! Fair Winds and Following Seas Sailor!

    Comment by Gary McCaughey on February 26, 2019 at 12:47 am
  2. RIP, Semper Fi Brother, Those guards at Heavens Gate needed a Doc -and a great one on the way; Slow heartfelt salute!

    Comment by John Tisue on February 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm
  3. Is and always will be a good man. Sore high!

    Comment by Charles Wiggins on February 27, 2019 at 5:51 pm
  4. I will miss your kindness sweet friend
    Fly high sweety..

    Comment by Belinda Miller on February 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm
  5. To the family: Sorry for your loss. Larry was a very good friend of ours. He was at our house a lot. Our son Mark helped him on the farm so they were very good friends. Larry was in my class so we go way back lots of good times.

    Comment by Gerald & Joyce Hoover on February 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm
  6. One of the most level headed men I had privilege of knowing I’ll miss you Larry and our conversation’s this man never bragged about his life at all but wouldn’t hide his life if you asked him about it Larry helped me out with the direction of my life and family thanks Larry

    Comment by Eric hunolt on February 27, 2019 at 9:56 pm
  7. You will be truly missed.

    Comment by Eddie Barnes on February 28, 2019 at 6:46 am
  8. We were saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. We just wanted the family to know that we share in your sorrow. Larry and I were class mates.

    Comment by Jack Sykes & Sharon Sykes on February 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm
  9. Larry, may you find peace and happiness in the arms of the Lord. For the family: you will miss Larry, as we all will. You will be in my prayers as you grieve the loss of a good man.

    Comment by Marcy Thomas on March 1, 2019 at 9:13 am
  10. Larry, your smile and ready laugh were always a welcome presence at our gatherings. You had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I ever knew in Kirksville.
    Hugs always. You will be missed.

    Comment by Cindy Brown on March 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm
  11. So glad we got to spend our younger days living close to you. You will be missed by so many.

    Comment by nellie jo & eugene mcwilliams on March 6, 2019 at 6:47 pm
  12. You will be missed by so many. Glad to have lived close to you in your younger days.

    Comment by Nellie Jo McWilliams and Eugene McWilliams on March 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm
  13. You will be missed by so many. So happy to have had you in our life in your younger days.

    Comment by nellie jo & eugene McWilliams on March 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

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