Coon Rapids man, Don Stewart, celebrates 100th birthday
Don Stewart celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
There was no shortage of laughter at a party in his honor May 8. Often it was Stewart providing a joke or remark that caused the room at DeMar, an assisted living facility in Coon Rapids, to erupt in laughter.
Stewart was born May 8, 1912, in Grand Forks, N.D., the youngest of three boys. As a youngster he earned the nickname “Smiley” because of his cheerful demeanor.
He spent much of his childhood moving around following his mother’s death when Stewart was four. He was in various foster homes until he graduated from high school.
Today Stewart is the patriarch of a family that includes eight children, 21 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. See more in exclusive story in ABC Newspapers by Kelly Johnson.
PHOTO: Family members gather around Don Stewart before he blows on the candles on his cake. (Photo by Kelly Johnson, ABC Newspapers)