Obituary for Stuart Cleveland
- Name: Stuart Cleveland
- Home Town: Carolina Shores, NC
- Date of Death: 04/27/2017
- Birth Place: Mansfield, PA
- Birth Date: 01/30/1935
- Service Date: 05/05/2017 at 10:00 AM
- Visit Date: 05/04/2017
- Visit Times: 6:00-8:00 PM
- Service Place: St. Brendan''s Catholic Church
- Interment: St. Brendan''s Columbarium
Stuart Cleveland, 82, of Carolina Shores passed away on April 27, 2017. He was born in Mansfield, PA, on January 30, 1935. As a youngster, he fell in love with flying after purchasing a five dollar airplane ride in his home town of Mansfield, PA. Stu enlisted in the Air Force in October, 1954. He was commissioned as an officer in June 1956, and served twenty-one years as a Pilot and Supply Officer. His missions included refueling B52 airplanes while flying over Spain and The United States during the Cold War. He attended many training schools including Sea Survival & Jungle Survival. He flew a scouter plane over a section of the Ho Chi Min Trail during the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Major.
Stu was an avid golfer all his life and hit four “hole-in-one” drives during official league playing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (November, 2012); several older brothers and sisters; a daughter, Kathleen Cleveland Makely (February 2009) who died from cancer; a grandson, Army Combat Medic Brain “Doc” Backus, who was KIA in Afghanistan in June, 2011.
Surviving are two sons, Tim Cleveland (Ellen) and Stuart Cleveland, Jr. (Chong); daughter Anne Marie Backus (Alan); six grandchildren, Christopher Cleveland (Iris) Stacey Maestas (Joshua), Megan Lynes (Sam), Lauren Ely (Jeff), Paul Backus, and Sarah Cleveland; and six great grandchildren with one on the way.
The Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brunswick Senior Resources or Amedisys Hospice Care.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte
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