In Memory

John Stewart

John Stewart

John C. Stewart
November 3, 1940 ~ September 3, 2015
John C. Stewart, 74, of Prairie Village, Kan., passed away peacefully September 3, 2015, at home. John was born Nov. 3, 1940, in Manhattan, Kan., to Ralph and Mary (Soldan) Stewart. John graduated from Manhattan High School. He received his Bachelor degree from Kansas State University, his Masters from University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. From Arizona State University. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. After teaching math one year in Junction City, Kan., John worked 36 years for the Shawnee Mission School District first as a math teacher at Hocker Grove Junior High and then as a counselor at Northwest, North, and South. He coached soccer at both North and South, winning at South, the first two Kansas State Soccer tournaments. He worked part time for the Johnson County juvenile court system for 46 years. John never did anything halfway. He was a stickler for details, creative and caring. In his retirement he never slowed down and never stopped learning. He became a JOCO Master Gardener and his yard was on their Garden Tour. The last eight years John and Jody wintered in Gold Canyon, Ariz., and he added hiking to his many interests. Preceding him in death were his parents and recently brother, Steve. He is survived by wife of 52 years, Jody, of the home; daughter, Stacey (Dale) Henzlik of Olathe, Kan.; son, Jason (Danyel Olson) of Madison, Conn.; brother, Cliff (Karen) Stewart of Washington Kan.; sister-in-law, Linda Stewart of Phoenix Ariz.; three grandsons, Zachary, Reilly and Mason, and four nephews and a niece. John was an active member of Community Covenant Church in Lenexa and very thankful for their care and concern for him this past year. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St., Lenexa, Kan. Visitation will precede the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lakemary Center, 100 Lakemary Dr., Paola, KS 66071. Condolences may be shared at Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566.



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09/07/15 01:21 PM #1    

Alison Richey (Pearse)

John was my seventh grade math teacher.  I always enjoyed his class because he made math an enjoyable class.  He was also my counselor at SMNW.  Later, while working at Indian Woods Middle School, I would run into John while he was enrolling students for SMS.

Not only was John a very nice person, he took a sincere interest in people.

I am lucky that I not only knew him as a teacher, but also had the great opportunity to work with him later in life.

I am so sorry that he is gone.

Alison Richey Pearse


09/07/15 10:07 PM #2    

Bill Ray Lewis

It  has been an honor for me to have been able to work with John during some of the initial stages of the birth of that fabulous educational institution, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School!  I will always remember John to be student-centered and always available to student and staff members--parents and patrons, too!  The world is a better place for having had the embrace of John Stewart while he walked this Earth.  His death will leave a big hole in the society we all have come to embrace, but his professional expertise and love for his many "charges"  will, I believe, result in others being able to step in and continue his great legacy!  To me, that's the mark of a great man!  John has left, indeed, a hugh "footprint"! 

09/08/15 12:44 PM #3    

Richard DeMoss

Richard & I have known John & Jody since K-State days.  Jody is one of my sister's best friends.  We have been through a lot together over the years.  John was always wearing a big grin, giving a kind word of encouragement and of interest!  Richard enjoyed working with him at Northwest, saying he was always pleasant and contributing to the positive work environment.  He will be greatly missed!

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