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Duane L. Stewart

Date of Birth: 
07/14/1933
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Birthplace: 
Bellingham, WA
Service Information: 
Duane’s life will be celebrated in a special service with family and friends.

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.  

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Submitted by Ray and Marge H... on

We were sorry to hear of Duane's passing. May the Lord give you peace and comfort. Hugs to you all.

Submitted by John Highet on

I served on the "Chair Team" with Duane every Friday night  for 3-4 years in the late 90's at Cornwall Church. He was such a kind and dedicated person, and I considered him as an extra "uncle". I'm so sorry for the family for your loss and pray for the Lord to comfort you. May He give you extra grace and support in this time.

Submitted by Shari Holst on

A life well lived 

A life full of love

Submitted by Kristi Koeppen on

I'm so sorry to see the loss of this great servant, brother and man!  Loved serving with him in Atlanta and in Bellingham.

Servant heart with the Spirit of Peter (the Apostle) 'Let's get it done'  'Let's not take no for an answer'  'I'll set out in faith and serve my Savior'

Grace upon those missing him now...grateful for his rest and rejoicing from the race ran well!

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