Stewart Clarence Eggert
Stewart Clarence Eggert
  • September 6, 1929 - August 3, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Stewart Clarence Eggert died peacefully on Thursday morning, August 3, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. He was 87 years old and is now with his Lord Jesus, who he served so faithfully during his life.

Stu was born on September 6, 1929 in Elgin, Illinois, where he grew up and helped his father's coal business by emptying trucks of coal at customer’s homes. He attended Beloit College in Wisconsin. At Beloit, he excelled in swimming, setting a pool record for the 100-meter freestyle. A powerful athlete, Stu was also a great sailor, and once won a race with a crew member who later won Olympic gold. After college, Stu attended law school at the University of Florida and then served for two years in the U.S. Army stationed in an anti-aircraft unit outside New York City. Here, he met and married the love of his life, Edith Webster, with whom he would spend the rest his life.

Stu and Edie moved to Tampa, Florida in 1957, where Stu joined the law firm of Allen, Dell, Frank and Trinkle, where he worked until his retirement in 2001, ultimately serving as managing partner. His biggest client for many years was the Tampa International Airport. He served a key role in planning, building, and operating the award-winning airport for more than three decades.

At age 40, Stu had a powerful experience with Jesus Christ and became a Christian. Ever after, his faith and family were the great passions of his life. He served as an elder for many years at Bayshore United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida (and later at Cornerstone Church and Grace Family Church.) He dedicated himself to serving mission organizations, including such groups as the music ministry Living Sound (which shared the gospel in Eastern Europe before the fall of the so-called Iron Curtain) and Missionary Ventures International, Inc. (which he helped guide from its early short-term missions in Guatemala to its expansion in 75 nations.) He provided free legal assistance to many, counseled couples, taught Bible studies, sang in choirs and barbershop chorus, and filled the room with his powerful, usually joyful, presence wherever he went.

Stu is predeceased by his father Clarence, his mother Norma Stewart, and his sisters Joan and Julie. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife and partner of 61 years Edith Webster Eggert, his sons, and their spouses (William “Bill” and Tina, David and Lynne, John and Melissa, and James “Jim” and Sheryl), seven grandchildren (Curtis, Benjamin, Jacob, Ethan, Rachel, Noah, and Meghan), two step-grandchildren (Ryan Olivero and Nina Olivero-Jones), and two step-great-grandchildren (Luca and Ainsley).

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Lutz at 960 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, Florida at 10 AM on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

He was interred at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Missionary Ventures International, Inc. in memory of "Stu" Eggert. Enclose a note to MVI indicating your intent. At your request, MVI will also send a letter to Edie. Please send checks to Missionary Ventures International, Inc. at P.O. Box 593550 Orlando FL 32859-3550.