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Henry A. Stewart
Jan. 19, 1919 — Jan. 5, 2014

Henry A. Stewart passed away quietly and will be sorely missed by his family and friends in Poulsbo. He was a modest, hardworking, generous and talented naval architect.

Henry was born in Cordova, Alaska to Dorothy (Hancock) and George Stewart. He was an industrious boy, catching crab or digging clams or fishing for pocket money. Over his lifetime, he always said he had dug 100,000 pounds of clams. After high school, he worked for a year at Kennecott Mine.

In eighth grade, he had decided to become a naval architect and paid his own way to obtain a degree from Westlawn Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

At the beginning of World War II, Henry joined the Army Air Corps and became a tailgunner on a B17.

Back in Alaska, while maintaining his fishing boat, he accidentally cut off the tips of the fingers of his right hand. Henry married his nurse Leona Hiemstra in 1950.

Henry and Leona moved to Port Angeles then settled in Poulsbo in 1957. He built boats in the winter and fished in Alaska in the summers. He was a longtime member of the Sons of Norway in Poulsbo.

Henry is survived by his sons Austin, of Poulsbo, and Alan and wife Cheryl of Bothell; and grandsons Bryce and Chad. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine Stovall of Cloverdale, Calif.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Martha & Mary for their kind care.

— Family of Henry A. Stewart


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