April 19, 1945 :: La Salle, Illinois
June 1, 2015 :: Conifer, Colorado
Dennis Stewart passed away at his home in Conifer surrounded in love by his wife Mildred (Nan) and daughter Julie by his side after entering home hospice care on May 27th. Dennis is preceded in death by his mother, Arlene Stewart (Mueller), his father David Stewart, and his brother Richard Stewart.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mildred Nannette Stewart (Copeland), his sister Susan McGuire (Stewart), his son Chris (Wife Sabine) Stewart, and his daughter Julie (Husband Jesse) Ross. He also leaves behind a grandson Maximillian Stewart, two step-granddaughters Christine (Husband Jochen) Ihle, and Cindy (Husband Oliver) Hild, and one step-grandson Rylee Ross. He is also survived by three great step-grandchildren, Lukas Hild, Melissa Ihle, and Louisa Ihle. He is survived by his first cousin Carl Sorrentino (Wife Susan, Sons Jeff (Wife Tricia) and Brent), and first cousin Janet Sorrentino. He is also survived by many beloved family pets.
Dennis graduated from Bradford High School in Bradford, Illinois in 1963, then went on to attain his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He joined the United States Air Force in May of 1966 and served 4 years, was honorably discharged in March 1970. He then reenlisted in August 1970 to serve another 4 years, all during the Vietnam War.
He met his wife of 46 years in November 1968 in Charleston, South Carolina where they were both stationed. After a whirlwind courtship of 5 months they broke the rules by not asking their commanding officers for permission, and were married April 10th 1969 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1974 Dennis took a job with the United States Postal Service and was eventually transferred to Colorado in 1976. Dennis continued working for the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 2009 after 35 years of service. In August of 1999 Dennis and Nan moved from their original home in Littleton to horse property in Conifer.
When not at work he spent much of his time building or fixing things, working around the house, and/or “tinkering’ in his multiple workshops on the property. Growing up in Illinois on a farm, Dennis loved his tractor and always volunteered to do tractor work for his neighbors. While the horses were never Dennis’s passion, he always helped out when necessary and was the official family “trailer parker”.
Dennis’s other passion was motorcycles, and over his lifetime he owned several different bikes. He loved to ride his motorcycle into the mountains and visit places like Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak, and Kenosha Pass. Another of his hobbies was photography, and most of the photos Dennis took were of the beautiful places he rode. Always one to be more inclined to take a road trip than fly, most family vacations involved a motorhome, a campground, and many National Parks and landmarks.
Anyone who knew Dennis knew that he was always the first person to offer his help, whether it was his excellent advice or a helping hand. He loved spending time shopping at Goodwill stores and often came home with the most random items, much to his wife and daughter’s chagrin. He leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, giving to those in need, and many, many fond memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to your favorite charity in Dennis’s name. He loved so many people and causes, trying to select just one or two was impossible. Just the act of giving of yourself was always something very important to Dennis and his family.