Ronald W. Stewart

Ronald W Stewart

Born July 1, 1941 in Springfield Ohio to Glen Stewart and Francis Mosier Stewart

Died peacefully at home March 11, 2023 with family at his side under the care of hospice.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Ann Colweck and his son

Aaron D. Stewart in 2021.

Survived by wife and loving companion of 43 years Deborah Burgert Stewart.

7 children, 13 grandchildren , 13 great-grand children . Brother Robert (Genny) Stewart Neville La. ½ sister and Brother Patty Sue (Ken)Curtis Spfld Ohio, Randy Stewart (Julie) Indian Lake Ohio.

Numerous nieces and nephews , and loving sisters and brother in laws.

Ron’s marriage to Debbie was blessed with 3 sons

Aaron D. Stewart -Ayden Dylan Stewart Vevay In, Rosalie Grace Stewart ,Zephyrhills Fl

Ronald W Stewart Jr (Lauren) -Emma Rose Stewart ,Largo Fl

Andrew T. Stewart-Atlas Icarus Stewart ,St. Petersburg FL

In 1969 Ron’s marriage to Roberta Hagerman of Grants Pass , Oregon was blessed with 2 children

Ronni R. Stewart -Maeson, Bryce , Oregon

Ryan Stewart (Rene) -Matt, John Florida

In 1960 Ron’s marriage to Donna Fosnaugh of Springfield Ohio was blessed with 3 children

Scott (Kelli) -Keri , Kasey, Dustin Springfield , Ohio

Bryan (Debbie) -Paul, Amber Spfld , Ohio

Renae (Jeff) Hiltibran-Jeffrey , Jenna , Kentucky

Ron was born and grew up in Spfld Ohio. He started working at a very early age traveling with a circus and carnival in his early teens. He graduated from Spfld High school and worked as a machinist in Ohio and Oregon. He loved motorcycles,Harleys ,classic cars , and enjoyed racing, a sport he continued after moving to California and later Oregon. He raced flat track and hill climbs in Ohio, California and Oregon. While in Oregon he was a car and motorcycle salesman .

He moved to Key West in 1976 and always lived on boat anchored offshore. While there Ron and Debbie built and lived on several unique houseboats and the Cat Boat Cacahuate. He worked as a carpenter , restoring historic buildings, boat builder, and had a commercial lobster license for many years. He enjoyed diving and worked for Sea Search treasure salvers diving in the Bahamas. He loved exploring the mangroves and small islands off of Key West and spent many hours snorkeling , spearfishing and diving for lobster. He was happy with a skiff and a snorkel mask. He loved sailing and traveled by boat to the Bahamas, Jamaica and South America. Moving from Key West to Gulfport Florida and then to Vevay Indiana in the late 1980s Ron continued his love of building boats , restoring historic homes and building new homes. He lived in Vevay for 21 years.

He spent many days on the Ohio River on his boat “The One More Time” and traveled on it with his family from Indiana to Key West , Fort Jefferson ,and back again .He was always happiest when family and friends were able to join in and took several summer trips to Land Between the Lakes. He moved back to Florida in 2007 and continued his passion for building unique houseboats. He will be remembered for his creative ability to fix anything from car engines to plumbing or build anything from a boat to a house or tree house, his generosity and love for his family and friends . He was always happiest when he could get everyone together for a boat ride, a road trip , or a cookout. He loved travel and would often say while riding in the car, “Lets go down that road , I’ve never been down it before” We can all take comfort in knowing that he was ready for that last road taking him home.

17 Responses

  1. RIP Ron, you’ll be missed. I always loved listening to your life’s stories. Tell Rick I said hello.

  2. Dear Debbie and family . my condolences to you all .I personally did not know Don but I know lots of stories about his adventures on his boat ,places visited and I did learn from Debbie lots of about Keys etc .Always enjoyed when Debbie was telling me her life stories .I worked with Debbie for 6 years and and I know past few years Don did not feel well and Debbie was always worry about his health and well being .Wonderful memories will live forever .Gone but not forgotten Ola .V

  3. We Love and miss you Ron. We have wonderful memories of time spent with you. ♥️

  4. Debbie you had a wonderful life with Ron. Thank God for the memories. Always keep them close to your heart and cherish them. My prayers to you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏

  5. Ron you were a great guy. I remember the day you gave my son Adam a little dinghy boat to row around on the intercoastal by our house. I use to love looking out at work with Debbie and seeing the blue houseboat. Also enjoyed drinking a few beers with you and having my son play in the amazing tree house in your back yard. You will not be forgotten.

  6. Ron we sure missed you in Vevay, but happy you got to finish your last days “one more time” in Florida! You sure were in your elements there! Hugs to all of the family, he sure was one of a kind!

  7. What a wonderful tribute to a man who knew how to grab on to life with both hands, and ride it wherever it would take him.
    R.I.P. Ron.

  8. Fair Winds dear Ron…and sending love and caring to all of your family and friends..Debbie my heart is breaking for you…

  9. Thank you so much for this, I still feel Ron is going to be around forever.i hope you are doing ok

  10. Was a great man always did his best and knew what he was doing sadly missed and loved by everyone

  11. What an amazing life well lived and well loved by Debbie and all his children & friends. We are better for having known you all.❤️

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