JUNE 28, 1942 - MAY 13, 2012

Raymond Neil Stewart, age 69 of Osawatomie, Kansas, died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at his home, after a short bout with Cancer.

Raymond was born June 28, 1942 in Glendale, California. He was the second of six children born to Ralph Wilbur Stewart and Mary Loree (Defore) Stewart. The family moved to Osawatomie when he was a small child.

Raymond attended the Osawatomie Schools and graduated from Osawatomie High School in the Class of 1960.

Raymond worked for the Osawatomie State Hospital in the dietary and attended the I.B.M Technology School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Raymond joined the United States Navy in 1961.

After being discharged, he traveled and sold women’s clothing, with Jim DeMastis and Larry Butts, for Betty Jean Clothes. He set up displays, ordered food and lined up models for Clothing Shows that were put on for clothing retailers.

Raymond was married February 7, 1964 to Sharon Kay McKinney in The Old Stone Church in Osawatomie, Ks. They made their home in Osawatomie, Ks and became the parents of two daughters.

Raymond started working for The Missouri Pacific Railroad on June 30, 1965, as a Brakeman, where he was known as “Rainbow”. He retired February 7, 2000 from the Union Pacific Railroad as a Conductor after 34 ½ years of railroading. In 2009, Raymond retired from the Osawatomie Police Department after 20 years as a Reserve Police Officer.

Raymond was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Paola, United Transportation Union, and Instructor for Driver Safety for AARP, former member of the Elks Lodge #921 of Osawatomie, Boy Scouts of America and Ground Observer Corps for the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Sharon of the home; two daughters, Diana (Eddie) Clearwater of Osawatomie, Ks. and Janet (Larry) Page of Parker, Ks; two brothers, Ralph Frederick Stewart of Olathe, Ks and Dannie Wilbur Stewart of Block, Ks.; two sisters, Kathleen Loree Oldham of Osawatomie, Ks. and Vickey Lee Kasper of Osawatomie, Ks.; five Grandchildren, Luke (Carrie) Page, Hannah Page and fiancé, Greg, Austin Clearwater and Lisa, Ty Page and Houston Clearwater; one Foster daughter, Lynette (Troy) Farris; three Foster Grandchildren, Samantha, Abigail and T.J. Farris; three great Grandchildren, Alyssa Page, Rylee Kayloree and Kale Page.

Funeral Services will be held 1:30pm, Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home in Osawatomie with burial in the Osawatomie Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Funeral Home. Memorials are to the Osawatomie Police Department.

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