John W. ""Stoney"" Stone
John W. “Stoney” Stone, 81, of Springfield, died at 6:25 pm on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born June 30, 1933 in Springfield to William H. and Louise H. Povse Stone. He married Lois J. Gelin on April 16, 1955 in Greensburg, PA and she preceded him in death on May 23, 2012.
Mr. Stone graduated from Fietchens High School in June 1951.
He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War serving as a storekeeper 3rd Class Petty Officer. He served on the U.S.S. Zellars DD-777 and the U.S.S. Shenandoah AD-26. He served from July 1951 to July 1956. In April of 2013 he was able to go on an Honor Flight and said, “It was one of the best days of my life”.
He worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 35 years as a lineman, conduit inspector, installer, line foreman, splicing foreman and engineer. He retired in April 1989.
Mr. Stone was a member of Korean War Veterans Association, Tin Can Sailors National Association, U.S.S. Zellars DD-777 Association, Knights of Columbus Council #3914, 3rd degree Riverton, IL, Pioneers of Illinois Bell Telephone Company and Williamsville Veterans Memorial Committee. He was a member of St. John Vianney Church where he was a choir member.
He was a former member of The Moose Lodge in Waukegan, IL, Elks Club in Lincoln, Lodge #914, VFW of Springfield. He was vice President of The PTA in Williamsville and a board member of Williamsville Planning and Zoning Board. He also was secretary of the Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus of Springfield.
Survivors include his two daughters, Laurie (Mark) McWilliams of Springfield and Brenda (Mark) Thompson of Sherman; two sons, David (Monica) Stone of St. Charles and Richard (Lee) Stone of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two brothers, William (SueZann) Stone of Kansas City, MO and Robert (Dolores) Stone of San Antonio, TX; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one uncle, Leo Povse; one aunt, Vivian Povse both of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Gathering: 9-11 am, Friday, June 5, 2015 at St. John Vianney in Sherman.
Memorial Mass: 11 am, Friday, June 5, 2015 at St. John Vianney in Sherman with
Monsignor David Lantz officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.