James L. and Darline M. Stewart.
Sep. 6, 1934-Feb. 14, 2019 Sep. 24, 1924-Jan. 26, 2019
A very special and beloved couple has passed away. On January 26, 2019, Darline Marie Stewart fell asleep in death at their home at Heidi's Chateau in Montrose, Co. And there, just nineteen days later February 14, 2019, her dear husband of 42 years, James Lowell Stewart followed her.
James (Jim) was born September 6, 1934 to Ellis and Florence (Faubel) Stewart in Cuming County, NE. He graduated from Wisner High School where he excelled in football and track. He married Nancy Phillippe in 1956. They later divorced in 1973. To that union three sons were born: Garland, Jesse, and Chad. In 1976 he married Darline Macholan in Columbus, NE.
In his younger years, Jim was a Golden Gloves boxer. He also enjoyed competing in sprint and stock car racing. Jim was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for most of his life. He was the owner-operator of Buckskin Express for several years.
Darline was born to Charles and Mary (Peltz) Mensik on September 24, 1924 in Saunders County NE. She graduated from Linwood High School in 1942. She married Louis Patrick Macholan in Linwood in 1944. They farmed near Linwood until Louis' death in 1974, at which time she moved to Schuyler, Nebraska. Three children were born to them: Louise, Lori, and a son Loren who died in infancy. After moving from the farm, she worked in various types of food service.
Darline enjoyed family get togethers as well as making and listening to country and polka music. She and Jim loved all animals and together they rescued and found homes for numerous animals. Their beloved dog, Suzy was a special “part of the family” for 14 years. They also enjoyed raising horses for several years.
Some of Darline's happiest times where when she accompanied Jim on his trips to various parts of the country in him semi-truck.
Darline is survived by daughters Louise (James, deceased) Beecham and Lori (Richard) Williams; Grandchildren Jason (Lillian) Beecham and Stephanie (Kelly McCall) Drueppel; great grandchildren Sieanna and Sawyer McCall, all of Colorado; Sister-in-law Marcella Mensik and nephews Dwain (Marcie) Mensik and Ken Mensik, and grand niece Chelsea Fox, all of Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dale Mensik, her parents and infant son.
Jim is survived by sons Garland (Patti) Stewart of Fremont, NE, Jesse Stewart of Omaha, Nebraska, and Chad (Laurie) Stewart of Ocala, Florida; Grandchildren Amy (Jason) Elofson of Fremont and Jennifer Stewart of Billings, Montana, Cristian, Zachary, and Jacob Stewart of Ocala Florida, and Darren and Casey Stewart of Omaha; Great grandchildren Adam and Ansley Elofson of Fremont, Nebraska, and Brook Boeshans of Billings Montana. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters.
The couple's seemingly unlikely pairing turned into an admirable and unbreakable marriage bond. Their request was that they rest together. There will be a graveside service at Linwood hill Cemetery, Linwood, Nebraska on July 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Svoboda Funeral home in Schuyler, Ne. is handling the interment. A luncheon will follow at Cobblestone Inn and Suites meeting room at 2218 Colfax St. in Schuyler.
All friends and family are welcome. Please join us in remembering two wonderful people that we love and miss so much.