Ron Stewart, who was also known as “Sheriff Ron” and served as Iowa’s director of football security since 1982, died Sunday morning at the age of 76.
Stewart served Iowa’s football team for 32 years. On Monday morning, the Iowa Hawkeyes Twitter account Tweeted a video tribute to the longtime staff member who was in charge of protecting Hawkeyes football coaches.
In Remembrance of Ron Stewart https://t.co/srFRxKFh8F
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) October 10, 2016
Stewart, who began his Iowa career under then-Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry, also served as the sheriff of Polk County, Iowa.
The first game he worked was the 1982 season opener, when Iowa took on the then-Big 8 powerhouse No. 3 Nebraska, and his last game was the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. The last regular season game Stewart worked for Iowa was also against Nebraska, who has since relocated to the Big Ten.
Stewart is survived by his wife, Cara, his children, son Don Quijano and daughter, Amy Stewart Hunt, and grandson, Andrew Hunt. He is also survived by two siblings, William Stewart and Judith Lee.