Duane L. Stewart
Surrounded by family and friends, Duane Stewart, age 83, passed peacefully after a courageous 18-year battle with cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Bellingham and married his high school sweetheart, Donna Taylor in 1953. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.
Duane and his father started D & L Body and Plastics in 1962, which remained one of Bellingham’s quality auto body repair shops until Duane’s retirement in 2013. He had a huge heart for people in need, which led him to co-found ‘Salt on the Street’ in the late 1990s. Salt is a Christian ministry that feeds the body and soul of Bellingham’s homeless to this day.
Duane’s greatest joy was time spent with his family and friends, always greeting everyone with his big smile and hug.
Duane is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna; and his children, Dan (Cynthia), Rick and Lori (Allen); his grandchildren, Marc, Melissa, Amber, Sarah, Allison, Kayla, Hannah & Kristopher and his 5 great-grandchildren. Through the last 2 1/2 years, Duane’s path was brightened by his special relationship with his great-grandson, Bryson. So many of his days were filled with love and laughter as the two of them shared time together.
The family asks that donations be made to Whatcom Hospice as a thank-you for their loving care.