Clinton has lost another veteran and a local advocacy group is asking the community to help honor him during the Saturday funeral procession to Hallsville.
Jeff Morlock has been coordinating the efforts to line the streets of funeral processions with American Flags as well as lining the streets in support. 95-year-old Bud Steward passed away July 6 at St. Clara's Manor in Lincoln and services are this Saturday.
Services will be at 2:30 PM at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Saturday at the funeral home.
There will be an honoring for Stewart during his funeral procession to the Hallsville cemetery, and Morlock is asking if you are available to come out with flags along the route at approximately 3 pm Saturday. The route will be from Calvert Funeral Home west on Jefferson, turn left or south on Grant, to Van Buren, turn right, to Baums, turn right onto Rt 10 to the Hallsville Cemetery.
Veterans can meet at the cemetery entrance at 3 pm Saturday and place flags at the entrance before the procession arrives.
Steward was a WWII Veteran serving in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. He was a patriarch in agriculture by becoming a partner in the Hallsville Elevator to keep grain elevators owned locally.
Steward was committed to farming starting in 1949 and continuing for 47 years. He then was “part-time” help and mentor to two sons and a grandson who carried on the family tradition.
He loved to travel, whether it was in his fifth wheel or to his second home in Ft. Myers, FL. He was an avid storyteller that didn’t know a stranger so he made friends wherever he went.
Steward was also an expert gardener and was known for his delicious watermelons. Loy’s greatest love was spending time with his family that loved him immensely.
Memorials may be directed to the Clinton American Legion or the Clinton AmVets.