William Russell "Rusty" Stewart, 71, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, following a sudden illness.
Rusty was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Newport News, Va., the son of the late Charles R. Stewart and Mary "Liz" Grantham Stewart.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by a brother, Gary Michael Stewart; and two sisters, Pamela Stewart and Marsha Stewart.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 1964 and retired from AK Steel in 2003 as an overhead crane operator with 37 years of service. Rusty was a member of Local Steel Union 1865.
Rusty grew up attending Wildwood Baptist Church in Ashland and was a member of First Baptist Church in Flatwoods for many years. He served in the U.S. Air force for many years and was stationed in Denver, Co., Korat, Tailand and Sherman, Texas. Rusty was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and an assistant Scoutmaster of B.S.A. Troop 161 in Russell, where he helped many boys become Eagle Scouts. He served in the Tecumseh District "CampOyo" for pinewood derby club secret day camp and various other events.
Rusty enjoyed "Big Blue Nation" Basketball and every time they played, he enjoyed traveling with local tour friends. He was a volunteer at the Paramount Arts Center. Rusty's favorite hobbies were wood and leather crafting and meeting his friends for breakfast.
Rusty is survived by his wife, Toni Fosson Stewart, whom he was married to for 51 years; a son, Donald A. Stewart and wife Kathryn and two grandchildren, Hannah Elyse Crawford Stewart and Jackson Davis Carter Stewart, all of Dixon, Calif.; a daughter, Kathy Stewart and grandson, Derrick Stewart, both of Louisville; and his aunt, Hazel Scott of Raceland.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland with Pastor Johnny Riley and Deacon David Daniels officiating. Final resting place will be in Ashland Cemetery in Ashland with family and friends serving as Pallbearers.
Vistation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the funeral home.
Published on March 14, 2018