Aug 25, 1917 - Apr 29, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Neil S. Stewart,age 96 , passed away in Gardnerville NV. He was born on August 25, 1917 to Alice Stott Stewart and Neil Murdoch Stewart. Neil married Melba Katheryn Richardson on May 28, 1948 in Portland, Oregon. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angles LDS Temple. They were married for 52 years until her passing on September 4, 2000. In 1939, Neil left to serve a 2 1/2 year mission in Samoa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He became the Principal of the church school in Mapasaga on the island of Tutuila, Samoa. He was evacuated from Samoa due to the conflicts arising before the start of WWII. He finished his mission on the big island of Hawaii.Neil attended Utah State Agricultural College his first year and then attended and graduated from Brigham Young University. Neil was also a WWII veteran joining the United States Navy as a PBY pilot in 1942. He was stationed in North Africa where he served the bulk of his time before receiving an honorable discharge at the end of 1945 at the rank of Lieutenant. Neil then began a successful career in the airline transportation business serving 36 years at Western Airlines. He rose to become an officer of the company with his last assignment as Corporate Vice President of Government and Industrial Affairs. Neil and Melba left Potomac, MD and settled in Las Vegas, NV before he retired. In Las Vegas he began a career in real estate and lived there until Melba passed. He then relocated to the Carson Valley to live with his daughter Vickie and her husband Dan. Neil spent his last few years living at Merrill Gardens Assisted Living In Gardnerville, NV where he enjoyed the company of many wonderful people. Neil will be missed by his family, friends and many acquaintances. He is survived by his daughters Mary Paige Vasquez (Juan) and Vickie Kunst (Dan), his grandson Gregory D. Kunst (Sarah) and his great Granddaughters Judianne Victoria Kunst and Madeleine Rose Kunst. Neil married Melba K. Richardson in 1948 and were married for 52 years until she passed away in 2000. They also had a son, Neil Stott Stewart Jr. who passed away in 1990. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Minden, Nevada on Friday May 2, 2014. A Graveside service was held on May 3, 2014 at the Meadow, UT cemetery.