Stanley Benton Stewart, 59, of El Dorado, passed away at his home on July 25, 2013. His celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in El Dorado. The burial will be at 2 p.m. (MST) Tuesday in Tribune, Kan.
Stan was born March 30, 1954, in Tribune, the son of Benton and Mary Mae Stewart. He graduated from Greeley County High School and Emporia State University (Summa Cum Laude) before earning a Master of Public Administration in Urban Management at the University of Kansas. On July 31, 1976, he married his high school sweetheart, Wanda. In Sterling he became the youngest city manager in Kansas, where he served for three years. After five years in Abilene, he served as City Manager of El Dorado for 19 years, where the community’s admiration and appreciation cannot be overstated.
Among numerous posts, Stan served as Chairman of the Kansas League of Municipalities and President of the Kansas Association of City Managers, which awarded him with the Buford Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management in 2001. Rotary Club recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow. Stan won the El Dorado Country Club Golf Championship eight times, always eclipsed in his heart by countless victories as his children’s little league coach.
Stan became the General Manager of the Property Owners Association of Big Canoe, Ga., in 2004. In January 2007, he was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder, which had caused congestive heart failure. Stan was thankful to Jesus for so many years beyond the statistics to enjoy with his family and friends.
Surviving family include his wife, Wanda; children, Spencer and Staci; three grandchildren; his mother, Mary Mae Stewart of Tribune; two brothers; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven; his son, Scott; and his father, Benton.
Memorial donations may be sent to Kirby-Morris Funeral Home (224 West Ash, El Dorado, KS 67042) for Kansas DUI Victim Center, Butler County Homeless Initiative, or Mayo Clinic Amyloidosis Research.