Earl “Howard” Stewart Jr. passed away peacefully on February 21st 2023, in Canton, OH surrounded by his loving family. Howard was born in Clay County, KY to Earl and Irene (Arnett) Stewart on July 16th 1959 and is preceded in death by his father, Earl Stewart.
Howard is survived by his mother, Irene (Arnett) Stewart; his son, Stephen Stewart (Jennifer); his grandchildren, Audrey & Nora Stewart; his sister, Lisa Terry (Dennis); his niece, Alicia Quinn; and his great-nephew, AJ Quinn.
Howard had a long and distinguished career in the grocery business. Most notably, he spent 28 years as a grocery manager with Kroger where he took great pride in serving his community. He especially loved his years spent at the Kroger in Eaton, OH where he got to work in his hometown that he loved so much.
Howard truly loved life and had many interests and hobbies. He was a classic car enthusiast and loved a good swap meet. He enjoyed westerns and nearly always had a Zane Grey or a Louis L’Amour book on his nightstand. He also loved to collect antiques of many varieties but especially furniture, guns, and pocketknives. Lastly, he was a diehard UK basketball fan….Go Blue!
Howard especially loved his family and friends and always needed an extra hour to run an errand so he could stop and chat to whomever he ran into that day. A private celebration of Howard’s life will be held on March 25th, 2023 in Dayton, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the American Liver Foundation. You can access his personal fundraising site here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/756805852316217/ Condolences and special memories can be shared with his family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com
Heritage Cremation & Burial Society
Cyndi Alder says
Howard was a great guy! I worked with him at the Eaton Kroger for many years. We kept in touch after he went to another store for many years. I will never forget the day I had an accident on the way to work at 545am. I called the store to tell him what happened, within 5 minutes he was at my side giving me a hug as I was bawling my eyes out.
Howard, you may have moved on, but you will never be forgotten.
Heather Zwiesler-Ball says
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember working with Howard at the Kroger in Eaton. He always treated me well, and I enjoyed working with him. He will always have a special place in my heart. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Staff of Glenwood says
Condolences from the staff at Glenwood assisted living. He was a pleasure to know and take care of!!
Donna Decker Laird says
I am so very sorry to hear of Howard. My heart and prayers go out to his family.
Howard was a childhood neighbor. His mother, Irene, and my mom visited on a daily basis. Howard use to hang with my brothers as well. There are so many memories. Howard, and my brother, pat, will find each other in heaven, i am sure.
Irene, i have missed you and pray for all of you.
Rip Howard ♥️
Chuck Baker says
Irene, Lisa and Stephen,
I’m so sorry for your loss.
Nothing I can say can replace Howard, but our memories are forever.
I will always cherish the 1000’s of hours that we spent together in the driveway and barn working on cars.
While we did that that Howard would always yell up to the hours to his mom “Lisa is bothering us” with a smile and laugh.
We also spent 1000’s of hours playing basketball all over the area and always had a good time.
One of the best trips ever was going with Howard to his Grandma and Grandpa’s in Kentucky. What a great time.
Even though Howard is not physically with us, he will be forever in our hearts.
Your friend forever Chuck Baker
Laura Fleming Kasserman says
Irene and Lisa I am so sorry for your loss. Please give my condolences to your family and all who loved Howard.