ASHTABULA — L. W. “Buz” Steward, age 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
Born Jan. 26, 1923, in Erie, Pa., he was the son of Edwin and Cora Jane (Work) Steward and spent his early years in Conneaut and Ashtabula, Ohio, before the family moved to Jefferson, where he excelled as a hurdler and pole vaulter for the track team.
After graduating from Jefferson High, he went to work on the Great Lakes for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the Destroyer Escort, USS Coates during World War II.
In 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy (Dody) Sidley.
While working as a draftsman for the city of Ashtabula, he learned how to draw house plans and this became his hobby. He drew the plans for the Kingsville Gazebo, and the Flying Saucer Gas Station, as well as many local plazas.
Throughout the fifties and sixties while working his way up to Engineering Supervisor at the Lake Shore, then East Ohio Gas Co., he also owned and operated the Ashtabula Janitorial Service.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church.
As an avid painter in oils, his favorite subjects were covered bridges and clipper ships.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lucille Andrews; brothers, Dick and Ernie; and a son, John, and daughter, Julie.
Survivors include his wife; and children, Jim (Cindy) and Joel (Jennifer), Jane (Bill Palma), and Jacqueline (David Brais); and grandchildren, Madeline and Halley Steward.
A special thank you to all of the kind folks who took care of our dad for us.
A Family Service will be held at a later date.
The Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS & CREMATORY, INC., 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements.