Richard Kingsley Stuart

May 10, 1916April 24, 2021

Richard Kingsley Stuart passed away peacefully at home April 24, 2021. He was born May 10, 1916 in Monroe Bridge, MA. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and began his career as a teacher. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was an officer in the Office of Strategic Services serving in the Pacific Theater. Following the war, he continued his career in intelligence as an expert on Southeast Asia in the Department of State and later the Foreign Service. He retired to Lexington, Virginia living near the Washington and Lee campus before moving to Okemos, Michigan to be near family.

As an avid gardener, he grew all things green in a deer-proofed garden and by every window. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, music and books of all genres.

His loving wife and constant companion of 63 years, Nancy Owen Stuart, preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Richard, Jr (Melissa) of Spring Branch, TX, Carolyn Stuart of London, UK, and Sarah Maldonado of Okemos, MI; four grandchildren, Richard, III (Lindsey) of Spring, TX, Jennifer Brown of Minneapolis, MN, Daniel Brodsky of Bristol, UK and Michael Brodsky of London, UK; and one great-grandchild, 1-year old Lily Stuart, Spring, TX.

As per Richard’s wishes, there will be no services.

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Lois Walker

May 4, 2021

Dick was always so friendly and welcoming when I would visit him in his home. I knew him through the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, and we would go to dinner on Sundays after church. I didn’t know him when he was a ballroom dancer, but I knew him as a great gardener! He provided big bags of tomatoes for my golfing friends when I would visit him. He loved his garden, and I loved him, for many years. I just turned 96!