Richard Berkley Stewart, Sr.

RICHARD BERKLEY STEWART, SR. (SKIPP) was born in Abingdon, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth of four children born to Ida Virginia Stewart and Horace Edward Stewart.

Richard was educated in the Penllyn and Ambler, Pennsylvania School System. He graduated from high school in the class of 1952.

     Richard enlisted in the United States Navy and was honored to be selected into the Navy Seabees during the Korean Conflict. Upon completing his service to his country, he began work as a heavy equipment operator for Highway Materials, Incorporated. Later he worked for his father-in-law's firm, Anthony Henley and Sons Trucking. As an employee with I.T.T. Continental Baking Company, Richard was transferred in 1969 to Denver, Colorado. In Colorado, Richard began a career as a pipefitter/welder with Rockwell International, Rocky Flats until his retirement in June 1996.

     Richard married Catherine Margaret Henley of Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1958. He had three children, Therese "Terry" Strickland, Richard "Skipper" Stewart, Jr., and Ricardo "Ricky" Rainwater. Richard was a strong and protective father. He was proud of his grandchildren, Taylor and Jordan Strickland, Gerald Stewart, and Bo, Tyson and Trey Rainwater, all of whom lovingly refered to him as "Grandpa".

     Richard was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Penllyn, Pennsylvania and in Denver, he joined Heritage Christian Center.

     Richard's primary hobby was his love for motorcycle riding and the care of his motorcycles.

     Richard was the Past Master in Centennial Lodge #4 PHA, a member of the mountain and plains Consistory #33, a member of the Ira Meadows Commandry #1, Knights Templar, D. R. Butler #1 RAM, Honorary Past Potentate of Syrian Temple #49, and served as First Lieutenant of the Motor Patrol.

     Richard is survived by: his wife, children and grandchildren; son-in-law, Phil Strickland of Aurora, Colorado; Daughters-in-law, Talina Stewart of Aurora, Colorado and Tiffany Rainwater of Seattle, Washington; brother, George Stewart; sisters Jacquelynne Benton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alicia Mahoney of Ambler, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law James Benton, Sr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and John Mahoney, Jr. of Ambler, Pennsylvania; in laws Jean and Sally Gaskin, Cornell and Sandra Draper, Otis and Mattie Anderson, Anthony Henley and Eugene Wilson of Norristown, Pennsylvania and Therese Turner of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.