Stewart A. Van Deusen, Jr.
August 6, 1923 ~ August 12, 2014
Memorial service: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at George E Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, 1102 North 1200 West, Ogden, UT
BRIGHAM CITY – Stewart A Van Deusen Jr. was born on August 6, 1923 and passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. He was the first of two sons born to Stewart A. and Ruby A. Coates Van Deusen Sr. His birth place was Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where his father ranched and milled lumber. Shortly after Stewart was born, economic hard times forced his father to leave Colorado and seek employment at the new refinery, in the company town of Parco, now known as Sinclair, Wyoming. He was educated in Sinclair and Rawlins, Wyoming. Although he lived in other states, Stew never lost his love of the high plains of Wyoming. In December of 1942, Stewart joined the Army Air Corp and served in the European Theatre until the war ended. Returning state-side, Stewart resumed working at the refinery. In May 1949, he married Bernice G. Hergert and together they had one beautiful daughter. Stewart had gifted his seniority at the refinery to returning veterans with dependants and became one of those with limited options when the refinery downsized in 1954 . To stay employed, he and his family transferred to Pennsylvania to work in the Sinclair Oil Fields of New Jersey. Eventually leaving the oil company, Stew had several jobs, before beginning work as a civilian at the Olmsted Air Force Base in Middletown, PA. That base closure in 1965, brought them to Hill Air Force Base, where Stewart remained until his retirement. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert, and wife, Bernice. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah (James) Northness; three grandchildren, Emily (Adam) Richards, Andrew (Kelly) Northness; Diana Northness and one great grandson, Hank Richards. Stewart is also survived by his family at the Ogden Veterans Home: staff members, volunteers and resident friends who took him into their hearts these past four years. Many friends from Brigham City never forgot him. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of choice or a struggling musician. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at George E Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, 1102 North 1200 West, Ogden, UT, where military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder Combined Veterans Honor Guard.
Stew my dear friend--I miss you and love you. Thanks for the great memories and musical moments. Save a spot for Willie and me! In the meantime, hook up with the Ghost Riders in the Sky!
Stewart and Bernice were good friends and good neighbors. We'll always remember and cherish those years we lived across the street on Parkinson Drive. Our condolences to Debbie and the family.
Cliff Graham, Kathy, Jim, Carol
Goodby my old Hill AFB car pool pal. Until we meet again.
Butch , Arlington, TX
Debbie, so sorry to see that your dad and my good friend has passed. I hope his passing was peaceful for him and you. I so enjoyed the few visits that I was able to have with him. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.
There are people that come into our lives that change us forever. Thank you Stewart for being mine.. Your quiet loving example, your determination and acceptance, and the faith and courage , you showed to me will always be a height that I will always try to measure up to. It has been a pleasure to meet and share your amazing father. Much Love and best wishes to you and your family, You are truly lucky to have such an incredible father.