Scott Stewart, 51, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and devoted friends. He died from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. Riding his Harley was one of the things he loved the most. Scott was born on Aug. 24, 1961, in Ennis to Donald Eugene (Gene) and Marcia (Ward) Stewart. The family moved to Winnett, and Scott was raised on the family ranch. He graduated from Winnett High School in 1980. Shortly afterwards he moved to Billings and married Gayle Route in August of 1996.
Scott enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls for five years, and then enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq with the 143rd Military Police Unit in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003-2004. He was activated again to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and to fight the Montana Wildland fires. Scott proudly served on the Honor Guard for many years. He retired from the Montana Army National Guard 484th MP Unit, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class in 2008 with over 20 years of dedicated service to our country.
Scott strongly believed in helping others. He was a member of the Blue Creek Fire Department, VFW Post 1634 and the American Legion Post 4 and had been a member of the Billings Jaycees. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan, loved hunting, John Wayne movies and Westerns. Scott’s real passion was collecting guns and going to the Billings Rod and Gun Club. He had recently joined the Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and was employed by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.
Scott is survived by his wife Gayle Stewart of Billings; his parents Gene and Marcia Stewart of Lewistown; his brother Jay Stewart (Rhonda) and nieces Shaylea and Jayme of Billings; and his sister Sandy Paulson (Glenn) and nieces Kathryn and Madison of Shepherd.
Scott was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Floyd and Georgia Ward; his paternal grandparents Pearl and B.C. Stewart; and his aunt Romona Johnson.
Funeral services in Scott's honor will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Smith’s Downtown Chapel at 925 S. 27th St. with interment at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery at 55 Buffalo Trail Road, Laurel. A celebration of his life will follow at the American Legion Hall Post 4, 1540 Broadwater in Billings.
Donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans or any charity of your choice.