NORMAN — Col. (Ret.) USA, Virgil William “Bill” Stone, 70, passed peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home in Norman after an extended illness.
Bill was born in Chickasha on June 15, 1943, to Virgil Mansel Stone and Joan Wetmore Stone, who preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Michele Zollars Stone, and stepmother, Marjorie Stone.
Bill attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was active in the Lambda Chi fraternity. After two years at OU, he received his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., graduating in 1967. His military career included tours in Vietnam, Germany, Newport, R.I., West Point, N.Y., Fort Sill in Lawton and Fort Lewis in Washington. He retired from the military in 1993 and moved to Norman, where he worked as a CPA in his family firm.
Bill was active in many community functions in Norman, including the chamber of commerce, Rotary Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Lambda Chi Alumni Association. He loved golfing, especially with his West Point Bulldogs golf group.
Bill was a true soldier and gentleman and was dedicated to his family, friends, country and, most of all, to God. He was a friend to many. Anyone who knew Bill would testify to his quick wit, his personal attention to each individual and his peaceful, tender heart.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou; son, Robert Stone and wife Jessica; daughter, DeLee Boss; sister, Jenyle Koskie and Sue Ann Hecksher; stepdaughter, Kristine Browne and husband William; stepson, Kevin Partridge; and many grandchildren, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norman.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OIF.org), P.O. Box 824061, Philadelphia, PA 19182-4061; to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777 NY, NY 10163-4777; or to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 2088, Norman, OK 73070.
Services have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service.
For online condolences, visit primrosefuneralservice.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013