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Stewart Perry Albright - October 08, 2009


Stewart Perry Albright was born March 28, 1920 in Kossuth County, Iowa. He was one of two children born to Quinn and Minnie Albright. He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church of Burt, Iowa.
The family moved to Des Moines, Iowa when he was a young child. He attended public schools and graduated high school in 1937. He then attended Ames College and participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program receiving his pilot certificate.
Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and was assigned to Troop Carrier Command flying C-46 Curtis Commando Aircraft and instructing other pilots and students. He later flew P-51 fighter aircraft in the Iowa National Guard.
Separated from service in October 1946, Stewart remained a professional pilot and instructor in Algona, Iowa. Stewart was the fixed base operator at the municipal airport from 1953-1958. In Quincy, Ill. Stewart was a corporate pilot for the Gardner Denver Corporation from 1958-1977.
In Grant, Neb. he instructed new pilots and flew for Trego Aviation and the Barrett Corp.
In Phoenix, Ariz. Stewart instructed for Cutter Aviations Beech Aero Club.
He passed away Sept. 23, 2009 at the age of 89.
Stewart is survived by his wife, Margery Hendricks Albright; daughter, Cathy Albright Nicholson; son, Lindy Hoyt Albright; grandson, Matthew Perry Nicholson; sister-in-law, Gerry and husband Elmer Pankonin; five nephews and three nieces, along with many dear friends.
Stewart belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Algona, Iowa and was a member of the Consistory, Shrine, and the Grace Whipple chapter of the Easter Star in Quincy.
He was a member of Frank Price’s Tiger Club, was #185 in the Experimental Aircraft Assn., belonged to the American Legion Post 40 and was a Chicago Cubs fan his whole life.
The cremains will be placed in the family burial plot in Morning View Cemetery at Wallace, Neb.
Condolences can be mailed to: Mrs. Margery Albright and family, 4455 East Danbury Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
Memorials can be made to the American Legion Post #40 in Grant.
Burial will be at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery in Grant.