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Jerry R. Stewart, age 67, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Gaylord, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.  The son of Harry & Freda (MacMillan) Stewart, he was born on March 4, 1948 in Charlevoix.  Jerry graduated from Charlevoix High School and Central Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in Education.

On June 17, 1972 he married his wife, Suzanne (Bradford) Stewart. They built a home in Gaylord,  where they raised their three children, Joshua Stewart, Jacob Stewart, and Molly Stewart. Jerry was a teacher at Wolverine Schools for 33 years until he retired in 2005. He spent his summers selling real-estate at Century 21 of Gaylord. 

You could often find Jerry on the golf course with his usual foursome. Jerry loved spending his free time on the golf course, at the bowling alley, and taking trips with his family. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially the Detroit Lions. His love for the game of golf inspired his youngest son to pursue a career in the golf industry. His love for real estate inspired his oldest son to become a real estate photographer and the kindness he showed to everyone around him, inspired his daughter to follow a career in social work.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jill Stewart. When Jerry said goodbye, he was surrounded by his family and his heart was filled with love.

Surviving are his devoted wife of nearly 44 years, Suzanne; sons, Joshua Stewart of Grand Rapids,  and Jacob Stewart of Berkeley, California; daughter, Molly Stewart of Grand Rapids;  brothers, Jon (Avril) Stewart of Berkeley, California, and Dr. F. James (Kate) Stewart of Charlevoix.

Memorial services are at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Charlevoix, 104 State St., Charlevoix, with a luncheon following. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to United Methodist Church of Charlevoix or Spectrum Health Hospice.  To share a favorite memory, send a message of sympathy to Jerry’s family, or to sign his online guest book, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. June Owen on February 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Suzanne, so sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. We miss you in FCE.

  2. Ralph and Marcie Sweet on February 4, 2016 at 11:41 am

    God speed my old dear friend! So Sorry I didnt get to say goodbye in person. Sending our Love and Sympathy to all of the family.

  3. John on February 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Jerry and I were next door neighbors and best buddies growing up. Unfortunately, we drifted apart during our adult lives (my loss). I could tell that Jerry had the patience, even-tempered disposition, good humor and engaging personality to become a great teacher. I see from many of the entries here that I was right.

    Ill miss you, Jerry, but have many good memories to cherish.

  4. David and Sharon Bagby on February 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    So sorry to see Jerrys passing in the Charlevoix Courier. We send our sincere sympathy to your family.

  5. RandallKeerm on April 28, 2018 at 8:34 pm

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