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Merle E. Stewart

May 24, 1937 ~ July 1, 2019 (age 82)


East Palestine-Merle E. Stewart, 82, passed away Monday evening, July 1, 2019 at Assumption Village, North Lima.

Mr. Stewart was born May 24, 1937 in Washington Township, OH, a son of the late Homer and Vivian Rice Stewart and had lived in this area all of his life.

Merle had worked in various potteries, mines and brick factories before becoming a police officer in East Palestine. Merle had also been a volunteer fireman and then became fire chief for East Palestine in 1973. He served the department till retiring in 2003. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, East Palestine.

Merle also served the community in many ways including being a founding member of the Highlandtown Fire Department, serving on the Safety Service Board for the State of Ohio, member of East Palestine Firemen Association, Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, Mahoning Valley Fire Chiefs Association and teaching basic fire fighter at the Columbiana County Career Center. He also enjoyed being  a crossing guard at the North Ave. and Market St. intersection.

He is survived by his wife of sixty years, the former Nancy M. Grim, whom he married June 25, 1959; his sons, Flay (Beth) Stewart of East Palestine, David (Marlene) Stewart of Lisbon, Rodney (Beth) Stewart of Lisbon and Terry Stewart of Salem; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; a sister, Thelma Pennyscott of Lake Park, FL; and a brother, James Stewart of East Liverpool.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Shirley Knickerbocker, Alice Dancer, Dorothy Kierta, Evelyn Babb and two brothers, Ray Stewart and Glenn Stewart.

Friends may call from 3-6 pm Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in East Palestine.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 pm, Friday, July 5,2019 at the church with Pastor Mark McTrustry officiating.

Memorial contributions in memory of Merle may be made to the East Palestine Firemen Association or Hospice of the Valley.

Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, East Palestine is handling the arrangements.

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July 5, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Centenary United Methodist Church
40 South Market Street
East Palestine, OH 44413

Funeral Service
July 5, 2019

6:00 PM
Centenary United Methodist Church
40 South Market Street
East Palestine, OH 44413


East Palestine Firefighters Association
P.O. Box 101, East Palestine OH 44413

Hospice of the Valley
5190 Market Street, Youngstown OH 44512

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