Stewart Penor – UPDATED


A Celebration of Life for 61-year old Chadron, NE, native Stewart Penor of Bozeman, MT, will be Sat, June 18, 2022 at 2:00 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chadron with Pastor Bruce Baum officiating.

A memorial service had been held in January in Bozeman at 11:30 at the First Lutheran Church in Bozeman. 

A music scholarship has been established at Chadron State College in Stewart’s name. Donations may be sent to the Chadron State Foundation or the Stewart D Penor Memorial, 409 South 22nd Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59718. 

Stewart Dean Penor was born in Omaha, NE, Sept 24, 1960, to Dr. Robert and June Penor. He suffered a severe stroke and succumbed to his ailments Dec 11th, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, MT.

Stewart and his parents moved to Chadron in 1964. He graduated from Chadron High School lettering in Track and Band while also very active in Choir, Band and Drama. 

Stewart had a beautiful Tenor voice. He won top honors at Chadron State College Band Day in the voice competition. He played a lead role in the Music Man high school play because of his voice. 

Stewart and his brother Chris operated The Brothers Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor in Chadron in the mid-1989s, serving homemade ice cream and delivering pizza. 

Stewart was very active in the business serving customers and making them feel welcome. One of his specialties was his famous banana split. 

He helped his mother in her Christian bookstore in Chadron and worked at Nebraska Human Resources workshop in Chadron as well. 

Stewart moved to Bozeman in March 2006, where he was active with the Reach program. He was an athlete in the Special Olympics, excelling in track and bowling, an avid skier with Eagle Mount for many years, and an accomplished skater. 

He made friends easily and was a pleasure to be with. He loved all holidays. His faith was steadfast. He knew the Lord and sat in the front pew at Church. 

Stewart was an organ donor and now two people have the gift of sight because of his unselfish organ donation to those less fortunate than him. Stewart developed lung cancer even though he was a non-tobacco user. 

His family knows there is a special place for him in heaven, but he will be missed very much. 

Stewart is in heaven with his mother, aunts, uncles and grandparents. 

He is survived by his father Dr Robert Penor of Chadron, his brother Chris Penor of Bozeman, his nieces Patricia and Christa Penor, and his adopted sister Lisa Sarkissian as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles. 

29 thoughts on “Stewart Penor – UPDATED”

  1. Stewart was one special person . I will never forget his laugh and smile . He was so nice to me always . So many many memories of him
    Fly high with your angel wings
    Love you Stewart Justine Wilkinson

  2. R.I.P. Stewart, a very social person, and so many fond memories growing up in Chadron. Especially band and his birthday party’s. Gob Bless you Stewart

  3. I will always cherish what he taught me and so many others. I didn’t always recognize his teachings, but as I have grown, I am so very grateful for his life and his always kind and loving soul. I now realize what gifts he brought to us all. Thank you, Stewart for blessing all who knew you. Rest well with your Mom and family

  4. I will never forget Stewart. Having babysat he and his brother in the 60’s I will always remember his love of life and family. He was an inspiration for myself and others that were fortunate to be with him. My heart reaches out to the Penor family and gratitude for sharing such a great and beautiful person.

  5. Rest In peace Stewart, your life on Earth was a job well done. His enthusiasm for life and fun was contagious and brought a smile to my face. I remember riding a float in FTD parade for a Class of 80 reunion. He was cheering and hooting. Many classmates joined in, even after being blasted by water canons, Stewart was happy to be alive.

  6. Stewart is singing with the Angels now Anyone that knew Stewart was blessed by it. Thank you for the example you set for us all. Rest now

  7. Deepest sympathies to all of Stewart’s love ones. Everyone who crossed paths with Stewart was blessed by his light! He will not be forgotten. I can still hear his friendly happy voice “Hi Christy Ferguson”

  8. Sympathies to Stewart’s family and friends. He was an exceptionally kind person who brought a smile each time I saw him. Thank you Stewart, for the memories. Rest in peace.

  9. Stewart was such a gift to Chadron for so many years. His bright light and sunny personality shone over all he met on his earthly journey and is surely shining even brighter in Heaven. His happiness and love of life were an inspiration. RIP

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