Former City Councilmember Rick Stewart died Friday, April 22. He was 85.
Stewart served three terms on the City Council, from 1991 to 2000. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of 29 years who, after retiring and moving to Round Rock, worked for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department from 1979 to 1985. Stewart also served on the City Ethics Commission after his service on the City Council.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean; son, Rick, and his wife, Leslie; daughter Linda Kohl; and grandsons Jay Stewart, and his wife Kara, and Scott Stewart.
Stewart’s tenure on the Council was marked by two of the most notable achievements in the City’s history: striking the deal with Dell in 1993; and later in the decade the agreement with Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and his partners that brought minor league baseball to town.
“He loved being on the City Council,” said his son, Rick. “He lived and breathed Round Rock, Texas.”
He was an avid golfer, voracious reader, and was a fixture in the stands on the third base line at Dell Diamond. He adored his grandsons, who often joined Grandpa at Forest Creek Golf Course and at the ballpark.
The family owned and operated a photography studio and film processing lab, Picture Perfect, from 1985 to 1992.
He was born in Salina, Kansas, on July 10, 1930. He enlisted in the Navy in 1947, a month after graduating from Sabetha High School. As an enlisted sailor, he was part of the Naval Security Group, and rose to the rank of Senior Chief. He attended Officer Candidate School in the early 1960s, and retired as Lieutenant Commander in 1976. He served in the Azores, Turkey and Guam, as well as various stateside assignments. He was a Korean War veteran, and is a plankowner of the USS Kearsarge (CV33).
There will not be a public service for his burial.