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

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  1. Mike, I will always remember how willing you were to help You were always so upbeat with life. We will always have you And your family in our thoughts and prayers

  2. My condolences. I worked with Mike on the LA subway system and Metrolink projects. Mike always had a way to keep any situation light and was one of the most likeable people I have ever met. I have great memories of Mike and for me he will live on in those.

  3. Mike Moyer says:

    I was so sorry to here about Mike’s passing to me suddenly. Mike was a great friend that I had the opportunity to work with with when I came to CA . Working the Sprinter. Mike and I worked closely together in that project , including a lot of extended night work. Mike and I became very good friends moving on to new projects over the years, and always kept in touch. Mike stood up for me when I had a rules violation that he said was BS. nothing can of it, but Mike stood up for me as I would him. Maybe that was our midwestern background. Mike always took up for righting wrongs when he saw them. Mike will be truly missed by anyone whoever closely new him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone that got the opportunity to share a part of our lives with Mike!

  4. Rest in peace my Brother, thank you for sharing your knowledge, I will always cherish the good times and the bad we had working together on the Railroad, you were loved by us all and you will be missed. Until we meet again. Martin C.

  5. Ralf Kenner says:

    I can think of no worse influence a young kid could have than to idolize a friend three years older, and not to mention a special fun loving and adventure seeking friend like Stew. He led,and I gladly followed, Mike and his cohort of friends into many fun stories and activities, stories that will forever bring laughter to our hearts. I am grateful to God for having Mike as a part of my life (and survive). Mary and Gabby, Julie and Lynne, may the love of your friends and the love of God sustain you through these tough days.

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