Roland “Stew” Stewart, longtime resident of Shell Lake, passed away at his home on Sept. 14, 2014.
Roland was born in 1918 in upstate New York. He graduated high school at 16 in spite of childhood health issues. He worked in finance until entering the Army during WWII.
After the war, he attended Syracuse University and earned a degree in forestry. He worked out of Hayward for a few years before returning to Syracuse to gain a master’s degree in forest entomology. He came back to Wisconsin and was based out of Spooner. He was the entomologist for a 10-county area in Northwest Wisconsin, one of five entomologists in the DNR.
In 1960 he married the girl next door to his parents, Dolores Albrecht. They returned to Spooner and soon after established themselves in Shell Lake.
Stewart, Stew, worked for the DNR until retirement. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a great do-it-yourselfer, tackling most projects in the house or yard himself. In recent years, he spent time with friends, volunteering at his church and continuing his lifetime hobby of gardening.
Roland was preceded in death by his wife and one brother.
He is survived by one sister of El Paso, Texas; a daughter of Grove City, Pa; a son of Little Falls, Minn.; and four grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service held at Lake Park Alliance Church, Shell Lake, on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m.