Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

July 28, 1957 - October 04, 2020

Michael Stewart

July 28, 1957 - October 04, 2020


Mike Stewart was born on July 28, 1957, in Hebron, Nebraska, to his parents Jack and Pat Stewart.  He was the second child and first son for Jack and Pat, joining his sisters Lynne and Julie.  He grew up in Hebron as part of the “Dead End Gang.”  Mike was a rambunctious boy who created a lot of “excitement” in Hebron as he grew up, including when he drove to Kansas when he was 14 years old!

Once he graduated from high school, he attended the University of Nebraska for a semester, but decided he was ready for more adventure, so he began his career working on the railroad.  He joined the Union Pacific and worked in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and California, taking on more and more, culminating in him operating the Ohio Crane.  He always loved his work, and went on to work with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Jackie Patterson Rail Construction, the CPUC and most recently Simon Wong – Kleinfelder.  Everywhere he worked, he earned the respect of his co-workers and created enduring friendships that continue to this day.

While living in Las Vegas, he met his wife Mary in the summer of 1981 at a ZZ Top Concert, and they embarked on a 39-year love affair, that included the birth of their beloved daughter Gabbie.  Gabbie inherited her father’s adventurous spirit, and they enjoyed snow skiing, water skiing, swimming with sharks and parachuting together!

Throughout his life, Mike was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend.  His goodness and kindness made the world a lighter and brighter place.  Those who knew and loved Mike are devastated by this loss, but are committed to carrying his legacy forward.




  • Date & Time: October 15, 2020 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: October 16, 2020 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
  • Location: 7845 Santiago Canyon Rd. Orange, CA 92869 - (Get Directions)

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45 responses to Michael Stewart

  1. Bob DeWeese says:

    Mike ( Stew) known by his best friends, was so full of life and laughter. We used to laugh till we cried. I had so much fun with this man. There will always be a place in my heart for Stew and his family. I will miss him so much.
    Rest in Peace my friend.

  2. Stewie Lewie and Dewie,,, the shortest man in Garden Grove!! Love you bro. . . You are already missed!! So many memories, good times and never without a Bud Light. I know you were a God fearing man and I will see you again… condolences to all your family….

  3. Jose Romero says:

    My deepest Condolences to Mike’s family. Mary and his daughter Gabbie, your in my Prayers.

    Favorite memories when we went night skiing at Mountain High, Mike and Tim Pendleton we ditched a 12 pack of Coors light in the snow. We would make our runs down and Pit stop for some beers, good stuff.
    Mike, we will miss you Brother!

  4. Juan Sanchez says:

    In loving memory of Mike. Mike was a genuine guy. His personality was positive and uplifting and he really cared about other people. I can’t imagine how many lives he affected in a good way. I can honestly say I’m glad I met him. He was a real railroader, He will be missed.

  5. Kim Raatz says:

    The light of your candle will be seen by your family and friends on earth as a bright star in gods sky.
    Enjoy your time with your parents Mike

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