Elvin Stacey Stewart left this world to be with the Lord on February 28, 2019, at the age of 58, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Huntington, Indiana on June 10, 1960, the fourth child of Jack and Mary Stewart. His first years were spent there, but it soon became evident that Jack was plotting to move to Alaska. Elvin was the only one in the family, aside from his dad, who saw the trip as an adventure. He clambered all over the trucks and bus as they were renovating and packing them, so proud to be helping get ready for the trip. They arrived in Alaska two months after his fourth birthday.
His love of adventure became a love for Alaska. He was an avid sportsman, learning to hunt rabbits for dinner at the age of eight, and shooting his first moose when he was thirteen. Hunting, fishing, and boating the Goodpasture River became his passion. At sixteen he operated a D-9 dozer, pulling two handmade sleds over the Winter Trail to Central Goodpasture as part of a cat train. These sleds were loaded with equipment and machines needed to sustain a life in the wilderness. His family moved to Central for four years and lived a subsistence lifestyle. Even after his family moved back to Delta, he made this trip several more winters to bring mining equipment into his dad’s mine. Eventually Jack sold the mine and purchased the family cabin behind Quartz Lake, it was Elvin’s favorite place to go visit.
He attended Delta Junction School throughout his growing years. His favorite part of school was learning to work with wood in shop class. It was a predicate to a life as a carpenter. When he could no longer swing a hammer, he still worked with his hands, creating beautiful pieces of art from his beloved Alaskan wood.
Elvin traveled to Texas and California after high school, learning home construction and enjoying the sunshine. He met and fell in love with Cynthia Jam and her son Ricky. He brought them back to Alaska and they were married on June 21, 1992. In the following years they settled in Delta, where they enjoyed camping, hunting, and life in general. Elvin relished spending time with Ricky as he watched him grow into a fine young man.
His work as a superintendent in the construction industry often took him to job sites in the Alaska villages. He met and made friends with many of the village residents. They would take him boating, invite him to potlatches and spend evenings swapping stories of their various life experiences.
Elvin will be remembered for his zeal for adventure, his compassion, his quick wit, and his willingness to lend a hand whenever needed. He was cremated and his ashes will be buried at the family cabin beside his Father, Jackie Stewart, in a private ceremony this summer.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Stewart, son, Richard Wilkowski, and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Raymond Stewart and David Stewart; his sisters Cheryl Jacaman, Glinda Garwood, Sonya Shook, Joyce Kenyon, and Kimberly Kelsch, and their respective families. He was preceded in death by his father, Jackie Junior Stewart, and his mother Mary Louise Stewart.