Robert T. Stewart, Fontana, WI (1934-2013)
August 31, 1934 - November 15, 2013
Robert T. Stewart of Fontana, WI, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Golden Years Nursing Home in Walworth, WI, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Aug. 31, 1934, he was the only son to Frank and Ruth Stewart of Kenosha, WI. Upon graduation from Walworth High School in 1952, Bob went to work for Lake Geneva Sand & Gravel in Fontana, WI. As one of two employees, he learned his excavating expertise and skill from the owner, Max Janke. While employed at the gravel pit, he also farmed 200 acres and raised 500 hogs a year on a farm in Walworth Township. In March of 1971, Bob and his former wife purchased Fontana Sand & Gravel from Earnest Nobis, discontinued the farming operation, and became the owner and operator of Robert Stewart Excavating in Fontana, WI. Bob truly cherished the time he spent at his cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. When there he enjoyed time spent kayaking and sitting under his big maple tree where he could watch the eagles by day and listen to the loons on the peaceful lake at night. He was a generous man who loved his family dearly, and would always look for a good reason to brag about his grandchildren.
Survivors of Bob include: his sister, Mary Stewart Brandt of Glens Falls, NY; his four children: June E. (Susie) Stewart-Cerny of Sharon, WI, Robert D. (Lisa) Stewart, Ronald W. Stewart, and Connie M. Stewart, all of Walworth; his grandchildren: Renee, Megan, Anna, Emilie, Jill, Hailey, Zachary, Benjamin, Michael, Mariah, Stephanie, Katie, Sophia and Morgan; and his great-grandchildren: McKenna, Madeline, Aden and Mason. He will also be deeply missed by his beloved companion of 16 years, Ester Swatek of Elkhorn, WI. He was preceded in death by his 3rd son, Michael F. Stewart, and his parents.
The family will hold a “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” in memory of Bob on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, from 4 until 8 p.m. in the LAKE LAWN ROOM AT LAKE LAWN RESORT, Hwy 50. It will include fellowship, refreshments, and reflections of Bob’s life. At 7:45, Rev Steve Buchannan will officiate a short “Service of Remembrance”. The funeral and burial will take place at a later date. TOYNTON FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.