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Thomas S. Stone

Monday, September 29, 2008

MARYVILL, Ill. -- Thomas Sherman Stone, 77, of Maryville, Ill., and formerly of southern Indiana and northwest Arkansas, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Eden Village.

He was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Antigo, Wis., the son of Bessie Marie (Church) and Harry Sherman Stone. Over his 77 years, Tom Stone forged his own path, which led to many memorable life experiences. He graduated in 1948 from Antigo High School, where his athletic endeavors led to a tryout in professional baseball and on to Stevens Point College in Wisconsin, Nebraska Central in Central City, Neb., and finally to get a college degree from York College in York, Neb., in 1954. After a decision to follow Christ's call to ministry, he attended and graduated from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1957, and later earned a master's in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1965.

As an ordained United Methodist minister, he combined many years as a university administrator (Westmar in Le Mars, Earlham in Richmond, Ind., and The University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind.) with serving many United Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in Oklahoma, Iowa, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas, on a temporary/interim basis. For health reasons, Tom retired from the University of Evansville in 1993, where ehe had been the Director of Financial Aid. His great joy was to assist parents and their children in seeking higher education. He also served many couples in marriages in conducted funerals for family, friends and church members.

He was a member of professional organizations, serving as president of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, earned awards for his volunteer work with Cub Scouts and Little League, in addition to many years as a minister, counselor, mentor and friend to all. In retirement, Tom loved golfing. He was an avid Green Bay Pack er fan and supported the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team.

Survivors include his caring wife, Jean Morton Stone, to whom he was married on July 5, 1952, in Russell, Kan., and his three beloved sons and their families: Christopher John Stone, Sandra, Alyssa and Alexandra of Greenville, S.C.; the Rev. Kurt Thomas Stone, Linda, Elizabeth, Rachel, grace and Daniel of Troy, Ill.; and Kyle David Stone, Cindy, Jessie and Jamie of Portland, Ore. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Marge Stone of Cudahy, Wis., Norma Stone of Antigo, Wis., and Jackie Tibbetts of Hays, Kan., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother (at age 12); two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Troy United Methodist Church, Troy, Ill., with the Rev. Dennis Price officiating. There will also be a memorial service at the Fairview Presbyterian Church near Princeton, Ind., at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with inurnment to follow in the Fairview Church Cemetery. The Rev. Tarrell Thompson will officiate.

Arrangements are by Laughlin-Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Thomas S. Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, Ind. 47714-9986.

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