November 22, 2010
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Robert Stewart Dies; Co-Founded ElDorado
Robert L. (Bob) Stewart, 79, of Sun City West, AZ, a founder of the firm now known as ElDorado National Co., died Oct. 23.
In 1960, Stewart joined other business people in the small town of Minneapolis, KS, to begin Honorbuilt Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles later known as ElDorado. He stayed with the company through several ownership changes, purchasing it in the late 1970s.
The company, which became known first as ElDorado RV Inc. and later as the ElDorado Motor Corporation, expanded beyond motorhomes and into the small transit bus industry.
Stewart was a board member and past president of the Recreational Vehicle Institute in Reston, VA, the self-governing body of the recreational vehicle industry.
He retired from ElDorado in the 1990s, but within a few months he became a co-founder of Coffee Reserve LLC, a coffee roasting and distribution company in Scottsdale, AZ. He was still working as a consultant for Coffee Reserve at the time of his death.