Beloved Van Buren Police Officer Laid to Rest


Van Buren police said farewell to one of their finest on Monday.

A funeral was held for Michael Don Stewart.

Stewart became a reserve officer at the Van Buren Police Department in 1996. He became a part-time officer in 2009, and went full-time in 2011. He achieved the rank of corporal in 2017. He was a SWAT Team Member and a member of the Van Buren Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 52

“Mike loved being around his brothers and sisters in blue, and he holds a very special place in the hearts of all members of the Van Buren Police Department today,” Sgt. Jonathan Wear said in a news release. “When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and hanging out with friends and family. Anyone who knew Mike, knew that he was a man who greatly loved his family.”

Stewart died from cancer.

“It is with sadness that we no longer have Mike Stewart here with us today, but it is with joy that we know that he is no longer suffering from the horrible cancer that eventually took his life,” Wear said.

Stewart will never be forgotten, Wear said.

“We will forever remember Mike Stewart as kind, loving, humble, caring, and selfless,” Wear said. “He is the kind of officer we all aspire to be, and he never wavered in setting a great example for us to follow. Until we see you again Mike, rest easy brother, we’ll take it from here.”

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