Stew is a lifelong resident of Siouxland, having been born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. Stew entered the University of Iowa, was a member of the Sigma Nu National Fraternity and received his BA Degree in Political Science in 1963 and Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1965.
Upon graduation from law school, Stew entered the United States Army where he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Gordon, Georgia for a period of two years active duty before coming back to Sioux City and becoming the commanding officer of the Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, Fourteenth Artillery “USAR” in Sioux City, Iowa.
Upon returning to Sioux City in 1967, Stew became a member of what is now know as the Crary Huff Law Firm where he continued in the active practice of law until January 2012. He became “of counsel” with the Crary Huff Law Firm in January 2012, and he continues in the “of counsel” status with the Firm today. He is licensed to practice in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
During 50 years of practice, Stew touched base with virtually every asset of the practice of law but has particularly enjoyed over the past 25 years, Business Transactions and Business Succession Planning. He has worked with a number of clients who are in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation of family ownership in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.
He has three sons, Peter, who owns an investment banking firm in Austin, Texas, Steven, an attorney and partner practicing in Yankton, South Dakota, and Allen, a doctor practicing in partnership in North Platte, Nebraska, together with a step-son Michael who is an engineer and Vice President of Brown-Wegher Construction in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and a step-daughter Kelly who is a nurse anesthetist at the Surgery Center in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. He and his wife, Marueen, enjoy 10 grandchildren.
Stew is actively involved in the community. Stew has served a member and past president of the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Easter Seal Society of Siouxland, the Woodbury County Civil Service Commission, the Sioux City Transit Board and has served on numerous committees within his church and in the various social organizations to which he belonged or belongs. He has also served has a member and past chairman of the Dakota Dunes Community Association and on the Board of the Homeowners’ Association for The Retreats at Stone Fountain at Arnold’s Park, Iowa.
Stew has and continues to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota College of Law, teaching in the areas of Business Transactions, Business Succession Planning and Modern Real Estate Law. The challenge of working with bright young professional minds is something he truly enjoys.
- University of Iowa
- University of Iowa College of Law