Captain (Ret) Richards Owen Stewart, Jr., age 64, died September 7, 2011 at home in Columbus, Ga.
Memorial services with full military honors will be held at Main Post TIC Chapel, Fort Benning, GA on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 3 p.m., according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus.
Another service and burial will be at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2011.
Capt. Stewart was born January 20, 1947, Berlin, Germany, Son of Colonel (Ret.) Richards O. Stewart of Savannah, Ga. and the late Willetta Helmly Stewart. Captain Stewart was a 1964 graduate of Baker High School, Columbus, Georgia. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. in 1968 and was commissioned in the regular Army as a 2nd Lt. Infantry, the same year. Captain Stewart was assigned to the 82 Airborne Division, completed Ranger Training and was assigned to the 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division and deployed to Viet Nam. Among his decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and Purple Heart. After receiving 100% disability from wounds received in action in Viet Nam he was transferred to Walter Reed Army Center where he retired in 1970. Captain Stewart was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a Life Member of the US Army Ranger Association (USARA) and held several positions over the years.
In addition to his father, Captain Stewart is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Cameron Stewart, two grandsons, Charles Terence Doran and McCullough Stewart Doran, all of Duvall, Washington, his brother Randolph Barclay Stewart and his sister, Corinne Stewart Reeves, both of Bluffton, S.C., and several nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Richards Owen Stewart, III, and sister, Jacqueline Elizabeth Stewart. Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com.