Ray Allen Steward

May 28, 1951 - April 15, 2018

Ray Allen Steward of Springfield, WV died suddenly on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the arms of his beloved wife, Donna.

He is the son of the late George Washington Steward (dec. 2005).  He is also predeceased by his brother Michael J. Steward and an infant sister, Charlene Steward.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Donna (Dorsey) Steward, his mother, Betty Catherine (Crock) Steward of Springfield; his son, Neal A. Steward (wife Virginia) of Romney; his daughter, Stacey L. (Steward) Nestor (husband Michael) of Short Gap; and (4) grandchildren: Breanna, Lesley and Benjamin Nestor and Castanea Steward.  Ray is also survived by many other family members and a world of friends.

Ray was born in Cumberland, MD and raised in Springfield, WV where he found his first and only love at the age of 6 (she was 3) and that was Donna.  He graduated from Hampshire High with the class of 1970 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy.  He was shipped off to Sidiyahi Kenitra, Morocco, Africa where he quickly became a top-flight radio operator.  In 1972 he took a quick tour home to marry Donna and brought her right back to Africa with him where they started their family with the arrival of Neal.  After 3 1/2 years, they moved back to the U.S. to San Diego, CA where Stacey arrived on the scene.  This was a 3-month tour, then on to Sugar Grove, WV for 2 years, then to Norfolk, VA where Ray was assigned to the U.S.S. Concord for 6 years.  After 10 years of active duty, Ray joined the Reserves and moved his family back to West Virginia in 1981.

Back home, Ray found employment with Western Union then moved to Abex/Federal Mogul in Winchester from which he retired in 2009.  Not one to ever be idle, Ray and Donna were instrumental in the creation of the Springfield Rescue Squad in 1981 where he ultimately became Chief and was awarded the “Excellence in Service” award in 2017.  Their commitment to the Squad, it’s service, and the administration of the Squad have consumed countless hours all of which were caringly and lovingly donated to the community.  In 2005 Ray suffered a major health issue that made everyday life a struggle.  It didn’t matter to Ray.  He kept going, doing and serving; headaches, visual issues, back pain became a regular part of life and he still laughed, smiled and was genuinely glad to see a friend (or stranger).  His children remember him as a dismal failure when it came to being a disciplinarian – that was left to Donna.  Ray loved the outdoors and that became a huge part of family life.  He found pleasure in hunting, fishing and people.  Plans were often changed because Ray “got to talking” and the time disappeared.  Ray’s toppest, biggest, greatest pride were his four grandchildren.  His boisterous ways, friendly smile and firm handshake will be missed by many.

Ray was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church his entire life, a charter member of the Springfield Rescue Squad, Life Member of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Dept., and a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Moose.

Friends will be received on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3PM to 8PM at the Springfield United Methodist Church where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11AM with military honors to follow.  Interment will be private and at a later date at Ray’s home in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Springfield Rescue Squad ~ P.O. Box 370 ~ Springfield, WV 26763.

Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304-822-3511

Carter Wagoner April 16, 2018

31 condolences for “Ray Allen Steward”

  1. Donna, Our hearts are breaking for you. Remembering the good ole days when you two first met. You were always here for our family for everyone. And that is something we will always be grateful for. We’ll miss his smile his laughter and his loving ways. God has earned a amazing new angel. Ray we will forever miss you .. you are our hero forever and always.

  2. Donna my heart breaks for u. I’m Terribly sorry for your loss, Ray I will always love and forever cherish our talks . And also the fact that you and Donna saved my life. I’ll never live down #crashmonkey. But now it’s even more of a loved nickname. I’ll miss seeing your smile and hearing your laughter ill miss dearly the strong squeezed hug that you would give me every time I saw you. Fly high Ray. God has earned a very wonderful angel. I will miss u Terribly and you’ll always be Forever loved.

  3. So many awesome memories of you growing up. Always smiling and the big hugs from you. It won’t be the same not seeing you when we come back there. I love you Uncle Ray. Love, hugs, and prayers for Aunt Donna and everyone. Heaven better have a big table for all of us…..Save us a seat. <3

  4. Donna and Family, we are ever so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing and want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. One cannot live in this community and not know of “Ray” or have had your life touched in some manner by him. He was always there to help in whatever way that he could, fire calls, rescue runs, parking cars, putting off fireworks for the kids, helping friends build their homes, whatever, he was there. Many of us would be better persons if we had a little of Ray’s giving demeanor and attitude towards helping others. The community will certainly feel this loss in so many ways. Saundra and I are proud to be friends of the entire family. Rest easy.

  5. As busy as you both were, you always dropped everything to spend time with us when we came in. I will miss Uncle Ray’s big, huge smile and monster hugs. We love you so much and we are sorry our bodies can’t be there. But our hearts will be. Love, Tom, Linda, Brian, Carol, Austin, Brandon and Courtney.

  6. Ray was a dedicated servant to the community in the Fire Company and Rescue Squad. This impacted hundreds if not thousands of people over the years. However he did something that impacted millions of people throughout this Country, The Greatest Country on God’s Earth in my opinion. He proudly served his and our country in The United States Navy for many years. I shall be eternally greatful for his role in securing my freedom. He will be missed by many people, throughout our community.
    May he rest in peace.
    Sam Twigg

  7. Donna
    Sam and I were so shocked and saddened to hear about Ray’s passing early Monday morning.
    Ray will be missed by all that loved and knew him . He was such a life force, his smile and hugs will be missed. Ray was such a compassionate person who wouldn’t hesitate to help anyone out who needed it .
    We will miss his fun ways and talks we always had at the family reunion and every where else we would see him at.
    May God watch over and comfort you all .

  8. My sincere condolences to Donna and family. Though it’s been several years since we’ve seen each other, I remember Ray and Donna from EMS and the great contribution they made to Hampshire EMS and our citizens. Rest in peace.

  9. Donna and Family,

    Sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  10. Donna
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you and your family find peace and comfort during this time.

  11. Donna my prayers are with you and your family at this time. Our community has been blessed with all the years of service you and Ray gave to us. It was such a comfort while Wayne was going through his fight with cancer to know I could call upon you when needed. Our community is grieving along with you

  12. Donna so sorry for your loss may God bless you and your family. Ray was a great person he will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers for you and family

  13. Donna and Family, Sorry for the loss of Ray. He was a great guy. Hugs and prayers for the family.

  14. Donna and family,
    Ray was such a constant in the Springfield community, it will not seem right to not see the two of you, out and about.
    There were always two things anyone who lived in Hampshire County could count on and that was Ray and Donna!
    May all the great memories of his presence in your lives be cherished and held close to your hearts.
    My heart aches for your loss.
    Nanci

  15. Dear Donna, just the other day he ask me for a “face sheet” I’m so sorry for your loss if this wonderful man. Many nights when the ER was busy, his smile and quick jokes was the boost needed. I’m admitted in the hospital while vacationing in Colorado. Very sorry to miss the memorial. May you and your family feel God’s love in the upcoming days. Will talk with you soon, whenever I can make it home. Sincerely, Lisa Shrout

  16. Donna and Family,
    My sincere sympathy to all of you at the loss of one who was so dear and special to you. May you open your hearts to the place where sweet memories are stored and allow them to console you today and in the days to come. A wonderful husband, dad, grandpap and son. Also, a true selfless servant to his community. God bless and keep you in His care today and in the days to come.

  17. Dear Donna:

    I am so very sorry and shocked to learn of Ray’s passing. I know you are heartbroken to lose your wonderful husband from this earthly life. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know Ray is in heaven now and free of his mortal body, but my heart aches for you and your family. Rest in peace, Ray, you good and faithful servant of God.

  18. Donna and family,
    “Those who have sorrow are happy, because they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.

    Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. I will always remember how Ray always seem to smile. I don’t think I have ever seen him have a bad day and feel that everyone he came in contact with became friends immediately. I know of you and Ray being so energetic and would drop everything to do anything for someone in need. I hope you know what an impact the two of you have made in Hampshire County.

  19. We never had the privilege of meeting Ray, but after reading his obituary, it is easy to see that he was a wonderful man who loved his family and had a true servant’s heart! We are friends of Stacey, Mike, Breanna, Lesley, and Ben, and we know that this precious man was very dear to each one of them. Please know that we share in your sorrow and that you all are in our thoughts and prayers! May the Lord bless you and comfort you and give you His perfect peace as you trust in Him!

  20. Donna,
    You and Ray have been a huge part of my EMS family for so many years, he will be sorely missed and my heart literally goes out to you for your loss.
    Please know that I am thinking about you and your family.
    Ray was one of a kind.

  21. Jay and I want to send you all our deepest condolences for your loss. It is so sad to know that Ray will not be here to make us all smile and laugh, after all, it was his mission in life. But, we do have those memories and they will always bring a warm smile to my face. He always had a kind word and a lil’ poke here and there…(just a little extra to make sure he could hear that laughter). Ray had a lot of fun, but when it came to the Springfield Rescue Squad he was all business. It was on a call that I met Ray and Donna, unbeknown to me at the time was they would later become family. I always hated that he had a lot happen in his life that wasn’t exactly the way it should’ve been. But he never sulked about what wasn’t, he always made the best out of what was. To see the love he had for his Family was so heart-warming. I never thought he could love them any more, until the grandchildren came along…..That Love was even greater and they always put a big smile on his face. He is now w/his Dad and Mike…..I know those Steward men and I know they are watching over and protecting their Families from above. I pray these warm thoughts help to ease your pain.

  22. A great person who was dedicated to serve and love his family. My friend for many years and a family I hold in the highest regard. Memories of him and his family will last forever. My deepest sympathy to Donna and family

  23. Donna,
    May you find comfort in knowing how important Ray was to the community, family, and friends. His dedication to the rescue squad and fire company showed his spirit of helping others. His untimely death will be felt considerably. God be with you all!

  24. Donna and Family: My heart was saddened today when I learned of Ray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. I will never forget what you both did for my mother. May God Bless and Take Care of all of you during this time.

  25. Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. Ray was a very nice man, he always had a hug for ya and a smile. We will miss seeing him and talking and laughing with him. We pray that God will keep you in his care, you our in our thoughts and prayers!

  26. Donna My Heart is breaking for you . I remember when we were in school and you and Ray sitting together on the bus <3 God Bless and I will be praying for you and your Family . Ray was a wonderful man <3

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