VERGENNES — George R. “Rick” Stewart, 64, formerly of Murphysboro, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
Rick was born Dec. 3, 1954, in Murphysboro, a son to the late William Austin and Phyllis Ann (Frickie) Stewart.
Rick was united in marriage to Vickie Diane Talbott in Murphysboro on Aug. 17, 1974. Vickie preceded him in death Aug. 21, 2018.
Rick was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ava, and was a retired lieutenant for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Cremation has been accorded. Private burial will be at a later date. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro. Following the memorial service on Friday there will be a celebration of life gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Murphysboro Elks Lodge banquet hall. There will be a meal and open bar provided by Rick's family.
Memorials are encouraged may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and Elks.
Survivors include two sons, Scott Stewart (Amy) of Carterville and Travis Stewart (Leah) of Murphysboro; three grandchildren, Trevor and Allie Stewart of Carterville, and Kaylee Stewart of Murphysboro; one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Brenda Stewart of Ava, and one brother-in-law, Terry Wilson of Ava.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Sue Ann Wilson.