Ken Stewart

July 23, 1953 ‒ January 31, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Ken Stewart passed away early Saturday morning, January 31, 2015 in his Mansfield home surrounded by loving family following a brief illness. He was 61.

He was born July 23, 1953 in Mansfield to parents Richard E. & Ina (Bartels) Stewart. After he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with minors in Religion and Computers from Ashland University.

He worked as a CPA for manufacturing and financial industries in Mansfield including White Westinghouse, Mechanics Savings Bank, and Advantage Credit Union. He retired in 2012.

At a church event for young singles, a young lady named Mary Birkhead caught Ken’s eye. The pair married November 12, 1977 and together raised two girls.

In spare time, Ken was an avid train collector and a skilled woodworker who built sturdy pieces for family and friends. He was a hard worker and enjoyed tending to his garden. Always on the go, his family lovingly called him the “Energizer Bunny” because of his active life and helpful attitude—he would drop everything to help someone in need.

He attended Southside Christian Church in Mansfield and was a member of Venus Lodge #152 F&AM, and Baku Grotto where he served as a Past Monarch.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Mary Stewart of Mansfield; two daughters and a son-in-law: Jennifer Stewart of Alexandria, VA, and Laura & Jim Gilbert of Maineville, OH; and two grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Natalie & Jack Gilbert.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in Southside Christian Church, 2055 Middle Bellville Road in Mansfield, and Pastor Paul Lintern will officiate. The service will commemorate Ken’s love of Christmas and Easter. He will be laid to rest on his beloved Sanibel Island at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Operation Christmas Child—Samaritan’s  Purse or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the memorial service.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ken’s family and encourage you to leave them a condolence at

  • Mary,

    It was a privilege to meet with you and Laura today. Your stories about Ken prove what a great man he was and that’s how he will always be remembered.

    Don’t forget that I’m just a phone call away should you need anything.

    Hannah Snyder, funeral director

  • Mary and family, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I spent 10 years at Westinghouse working with Ken. Always enjoyed his sense of humor. He will be missed.

  • Mary, Laura, and Jennifer,
    I was so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mary and family, my heartfelt sympathy to your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ken was so faithful and took on a big responsibility for our little allotment here. He will be missed. Your neighbor on Devonshire Lane,
    Pauline Butler

  • Mary,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I loved coming over to your house and doing art projects for Woodland. He was such an amazing person. If you need anythings just let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Mary To you and your family I send my deepest sympathy. I remember many great times with both of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Do know I understand and care. Janeen Mabee Hire

  • Boy you guys, what can I say, nothing. So sorry to hear of your loss but also so happy to know how much he loved you all. Every time we saw him, he always talked and talked about his family. He was so proud of Laura overcoming her obstacle and so grateful that she has. He will certainly be missed, but his love won’t leave. Anything you need…..

  • Mary, So sorry to hear about the passing of Ken. I will miss fitting him with his eyeglasses. He was always so positive and I loved hearing about the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ken was a fun guy all through our years in High School. He will certainly be missed. My Condolences to Mary and family.

  • Mary,
    I was so surprised to hear about the passing of Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed working with Ken at the bank.

  • Mary, Laura & Jim, and Jennifer,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Your husband/father. I always enjoyed the conversations I had with Ken when he called for travel arrangements. He always new how to brighten one’s day. He loved God and his family with all his heart and didn’t hesitate to share. It was so nice to see him at WGB when he and Mary would come for special programs. May your special memories and God’s love sustain you through the difficult days ahead.
    God Bless,
    Cindy Van Wagner – Alt

  • Laura, Jim and family May your cherised memories of your father, grandfather help the sorrow in your heart. May our thoughts bring you comfort today and courage for tomorrow. Richard,Rosa Hatfield of W G B C

  • Mary,
    Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss. May the memories be your comfort.
    Heather Gilbery

  • Mary and family,
    Alan and I were sorry to hear about Ken. Alan worked at Westinghouse and
    enjoyed playing golf with him. I remember him from a visit to Kent State when our daughter Jennifer was looking at the campus, as was one of your daughters.
    May your good memories of him sustain you all through the days ahead. Our prayers are with you.

  • Mary, Jennifer, and Laura,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a beautiful memorial video of Ken. It was so nice to see him enjoying his grandchildren and family over the years. He has a wonderful soul that continues to shine on in heaven. I will miss him.