Billy W. Steuart, local Businessman, passed Friday, October 3, 2014 in Woodward at the age of 74, peacefully surrounded by his family with Love. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the First Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with the United States Air Force providing military graveside rites. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:p.m.
Billy W. Steuart was born Septembe 27, 1940 in Woodward, Oklahoma; the son of William Davis and Talitha Lorena (Powell) Steuart. He was baptized at the age of 15 with his father and brothers at the First Christian Church in Woodward. Billy was raised in Woodward and graduated from Woodward High School in 1959. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Air Force and served his country until being honorably discharged in 1963. After his discharge, Billy was united in marriage to Beatrice “Bea” Hostutler in Higgins, Texas. Their marriage has lasted 52 years, setting a wonderful example of what it means to begin from humble beginnings to a successful life. Family was his life and he loved his family without measure.
In the mid 1960's, he became the first Sears Customer Representative and later the first Manager of the Montgomery Ward store. Billy had the largest order ever to the Kansas City Region and Sears rewarded a trip for him and his wife. In 1989, he purchased The Steuart’s Country Store in Ft. Supply, which the family still owns today. In 1992, Bill assisted his son, Barry in a start-up company IMS at the airport. They worked together for 20 years and Bill was always doing anything he could to help Barry build a successful business. They have clients all over the world and they loved Bill because of his honesty, friendliness, and integrity. He was forced to semi-retire in 2011 due to health reasons but continued to keep close ties with the business. He never met a stranger over the years.
Billy was a long time member of the First Christian Church. He rededicated his life to the Lord in 2000 and lived his life for the Lord. He was a member of the Woodward Elks Lodge and had served on the Woodward School Board for a number of years. Bill also volunteered at coaching at Kids Inc. for many years.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice “Bea” Steuart of the home; one daughter, “Daddy’s Little Girl,” Bana Bogdahn and husband Steve of Woodward; one son Barry Steuart and wife Machelle of Woodward; his grandchildren, who he shared so much love and special memories, Blake Bogdahn, Brooke Weder and husband Quentin, Barrett Steuart, Haylee Steuart and Hayden Steuart; special great-grandson Jax Weder, who he adored and was always at Grandpa’s house; three brothers, Mike Steuart of Enid, Larry Steuart of Claremore, Gary Steuart and wife Debbie of Claremore; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one step-brother, John Dobyns.
Billy made us all better people because of him. He will be so missed but never forgotten.
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