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James&Darline Stewart

James L. and Darline M. Stewart

Sep. 6, 1934-Feb. 24, 2019 Sep. 24, 1924-Jan. 26, 2019

A very special and beloved couple has passed away. On Jan. 26, 2019, Darline Marie Stewart fell asleep in death at their home at Heidi's Chateau in Montrose, Co. And there, just 19 days later on Feb. 24, 2019, her dear husband of 42 years, James Lowell Stewart, followed her.

The coupe'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 11 a.m. at Linwood Hill Cemetery in Linwood on July 13. 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.

James (Jim) was born Sept. 6, 1934, to Ellis and Florence (Faubel) Stewart in Cuming County. 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.

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.

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Darline was born to Charles and Mary (Peltz) Mensik on Sept. 24, 1924, in Saunders County. 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. 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 were when she accompanied Jim on his trips to various parts of the country in his 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.

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, Jesse Stewart of Omaha, 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, and Darren and Casey Stewart of Omaha; great-grandchildren, Adam and Ansley Elofson of Fremont and Brook Boeshans of Billings.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters.

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