Obituary -Kenneth Allen “Haystacker” Stewart

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, November 9, 2023

Kenneth Allen “Haystacker” Stewart, 64, a resident of Glenwood passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Nov. 5. Funeral services for Allen were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from the Chapel of Turners Funeral Home with Brother Ricky Grant officiating. Interment will then follow in Providence Cemetery with Turners Funeral Home of Luverne directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service. 

Allen had a gift for putting others at ease and easing their burdens. He had an unforgettable smile that was always on his face to brighten anyone’s day, and his coworkers could always count him to make their day better through his kind demeanor and caring, gregarious nature. All those qualities truly endeared him to every single person he worked with, not to mention all those who knew and loved him in his personal life. After driving a truck for over 30 years, he will forever be known by his CB handle, Haystacker, to a huge part of his community and so many other drivers he worked with or encountered during his travels. He then spent 16 years working as an aircraft technician for Sikorsky in Troy, so he was obviously cut out for high stress jobs, especially given that he was able to stay true to the wonderful person he was in those environments when so many others cannot. 

In his free time, there were few things Allen loved more than finding something to do that kept him out in the beauty of the great outdoors. He was especially fond of grilling up delicious meals for his family and friends, though his fried catfish may have been the most scrumptious dish he prepared for them. Animals naturally gravitated towards him, and he truly loved every single one he raised and cared for over the years, with his precious Jake being the latest in a long line of phenomenal and dearly loved companions. Above all, Allen was a devoted husband, father, brother, and uncle who cherished every moment he was able to spend with the people he loved the best. As one of his coworkers recently commented, he was just one of the nicest people you could ever hope to be lucky enough to meet. The world has most definitely lost a bright spot with his passing, but his legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all those who knew & loved him, and hopefully learned from his example. 

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Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Mac Stewart and Sybil Beasley Wilson. He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Tate Stewart; their daughter and son-in-law, Tana & Robert Parenton; siblings, Becky Kilpatrick, Julie Creamer, and Matthew Stewart; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Terry & Susan Tate; nieces, Sommer Tate and Carmen Tate; nephews, Aaron Kilpatrick and Justin Kilpatrick; and beloved canine companion, Jake. 

Active pallbearers were Herman Powell, C.E. Beck, Wesley Scarborough, Troy Hollingshead, Bennie Beasley, and Bruce Beasley.