CHARLESTON, IL – Joseph Kenneth Stewart, age 43 of Charleston, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, June 15, 2020 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Social distancing will be observed during a visitation to be held at Adams Funeral Chapel on Monday, June 22, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Graveside Service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Stacy Stewart to assist his children and grandchildren. Gifts may be left at the visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Joe was born in Charleston on April 20, 1977 and was blessed with the loving devotion of parents, Duane and Donna Stewart. He was a 1995 graduate of Charleston High School and little did he know that his high school sweetheart and friend would one day be his best friend and partner in life. Following high school Joe and Stacy Sanders went their separate ways but on September 10, 2011 their families were united as they pledged their love to one another in marriage. Left to cherish their many wonderful memories is his loving and devoted wife of nearly 9 years, Stacy Stewart of Charleston; his children, Trenton Stewart of Charleston, Logan Hunt and fiancé Alex Stutesman of Casey, Illinois, Lyndsy Hunt of Charleston, Lance Hunt and fiancé Katie Kochan of Clinton, Illinois and Luke Hunt of Westfield, Illinois; a grandson, Collin Stutesman; his father, Duane Stewart; his brother and sister-in-law, John Stewart and Jill Holderfield of Charleston; his brother-in-law, Heath Sanders and wife Emmie of Lake Mattoon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Stewart.
Joe was a superior and highly respected mechanic in the cycling community. He loved fixing things and as owner, operator and mechanic of J & S Cycles for the past 7 years, he was not only given the opportunity to repair motorcycles but to establish new and enduring friendships. After meeting Joe you were no longer a stranger – he had no enemies and considered everyone to be a friend.
Joe and Stacy adopted the motto “work hard to play hard”! When Joe wasn’t working you could find him at Lake Shelbyville which was his little piece of heaven on earth. Each and every weekend was spent there, always with family and often with friends, camping, boating and fishing. Joe loved entertaining on his boat and many hours of enjoyment were spent out on the water. Joe enjoyed an occasional St. Louis Cardinals game, and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. The golf course and the casino were also venues where he enjoyed spending time.
Joe and Stacy loved living life, but more importantly loved living it together. They lived it to its fullest, devoted to one another and never wasting a moment arguing or being unhappy. His dedication to his children was to be admired and he was committed to being a good father and role model. Joe experienced the joys of being a grandfather and creating memories such as helping Collin to catch and reel in his first fish. The unconditional love he had for Stacy and their family was steadfast and unshakable - they were his life and he lived each and every day for them. His memory will forever live in the hearts and souls of all who loved him.
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