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Charley Ross Stewart
November 27, 1927 – September 22, 2016

Mill City - Charley, age 88, died on Thursday, September 22 in Salem, at the Sweet Bye N Bye residential care facility.

Born in Texline, TX to Samuel and Mildred (Wright) Stewart, he was the middle of five brothers. The family moved from Texas to Oregon in 1936. Charley married Marie Orlando on May 12, 1946 in Santa Cruz, CA. The couple moved to Mill City in 1949 following the purchase of the grocery store that became Stewart’s Grocery. For the 50 years that the store was in business, Charley could be found in a white apron greeting people from behind the butcher counter.

A life-long nature lover, Charley enjoyed fishing, baseball and walks on "the property". Over the years, he was active in the community and a member of the Mill City Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion, the Rebekahs and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also enjoyed attending Santiam High School sporting events.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy of Santa Rosa, CA; grandchildren, Chelsea of Brooklyn, NY and Samuel of Seattle, WA; daughter-in-law, Renee of Mill City; brothers, Thomas of Redmond and Campbell “Dub” of Eugene; his cousin who was like a brother: Troy McGowan of Heppner; and many nieces and nephews in the area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; son, Charley, Jr. and brothers, William and Jack.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, October 8 at 2pm at the Santiam High School Auditorium in Mill City with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Charley’s name to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows #144 or the Mill City Fire Department. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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