Roland James Stewart was born April 4, 1923 to James and Erma McCormick Stewart of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They moved to Oregon when he was 6 months old.
Roland flew 35 missions as a waist gunner aboard a B24 in WWII and returned to marry Velna Williams in 1945. After attending Seattle Pacific University and Asbury Theological Seminary, he followed his father into full time service to the Free Methodist Church of Oregon for 34 years. After his retirement in 1988 he enjoyed physical fitness, traveling, woodworking and continuing to serve his Lord through personal relationships with the many friends he had made throughout his ministry and the new friends he met everywhere he went. He also served as chaplain of the Oregon Eighth Air Force Historical Society from 2000 until his death.
He went from this life to more abundant life on October 23 after a brief but fierce battle with lymphoma. He is survived by his wife Velna of Bend, OR, one sister, Grace Bates of Warm Beach, WA, two daughters Carol (Larry) Goerz of Culver, OR, Linda Stewart-Jones of Bend, OR; three grandchildren, Staci Crouch of Seattle, WA, Elise (Matthew) Sizer of Shoreline, WA, James Stewart-Jones of Portland, OR; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Crouch and Mason Sizer and many other nieces and nephews.