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John William Stuart

January 16th, 1967 - April 23rd, 2023

JOHN WILLIAM STUART, 76, of Thornton, Colorado, passed away on April 23, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. John was born on January 16, 1947, in Des Moines, IA, to Eugene and Velda (Coats) Stuart. After graduating from Southeast Polk High School in 1965, he attended Iowa State University and graduated from the College of Automation in Des Moines which kicked off a successful 52-year career in the engineering field. In April 1967 John enlisted in the Air National Guard and served for six years. John became licensed as an Ordained Minister on April 9, 2017. On September 30, 1967, John married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Miller. They went on to have two children, Tracy and Troy. John moved his family from Granger, Iowa to Colorado Springs in 1985. He and Sharon moved to Thornton in 1997. John’s faith has been a very important part of his life and after retiring at the age of 70, he increased his activities within his church community of Catch the Fire Boulder. He was an elder for six years, provided pre-marital and marital counseling, and ran the Bible College for five years. Along with Sharon, he oversaw communion and pre-service prayer every Sunday. He represented the church at a city-wide prayer meeting every Tuesday morning and did lots of maintenance and lawn work around the church. Also during his retirement years, John and Sharon travelled to Thailand to support the Akha Outreach Foundation, which is an orphanage providing a safe home environment and education for homeless kids. John is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughter, Tracy Stuart of Lakewood, son, Troy Stuart, daughter-in law, Mimi, and beloved granddaughter, Milan, all of Broomfield. He is also survived by sister, Joan of Des Moines, Iowa, sister, Tammy (James) Witzke of Altoona, Iowa, brother and sister-in-law Larry and Kathy Miller of Grant City, Missouri, and many other dear relatives from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. He is predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Velda Stuart, Brother, Robert, Sister, Joyce, father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Anita Miller, as well as numerous other loved relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 10:30 am at Catch The Fire Boulder, 700 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, CO 80026. A potluck reception will be held directly after the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Akha Outreach Foundation at www.akhaoutreach.org. This foundation was near and dear to John’s heart.

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