Mr. Stone was a resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., and former resident of Indianapolis in excess of 60 years.
He was born in Bloomfield, Ind., on Feb. 3, 1927, the son of Ross H. Stone and Edith Carmichael Stone.
Mr. Stone was married to Patricia L. Hendrix on Nov. 27, 1947, who preceded him in death on June 30, 1997. He later married Harriet A. (Dickie) Hambright on Aug. 16, 2003, who survives him.
He is further survived by son, James C. Stone of Indianapolis, daughter Marilyn K. Stone of Bloomfield, sister Betty Jane Barr of Floyd Knobs, Ind., four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and four step daughters, eight step-grandchildren.
Mr. Stone was preceded in death by his parents, a son Forest Michael Stone (killed in action in the Vietnam War), his stepfather, Charles Mansfield of Bloomfield, and a brother, Ross Stone, Jr., both of Bloomfield.
Mr. Stone graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1945 and graduated from Purdue University Technical Institute and the Indiana University Executive Program. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the United States Army in the European Theater and the Persian Gulf Command. Mr. Stone was a member of Geist Christian Church, Englewood Masonic Lodge No. 715, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 261, American Legion Post 220 and Indian Lake Country Club, all of Indianapolis. He was also a member of Elks Lodge and Six Lakes Country Club (where he resided) in North Myers, Fla. Mr. Stone was employed by Citizens Gas Utility in Indianapolis for 37 years. At the time of his retirement in 1984, he held the position of Director of the Distribution, Transmission and Utilization Departments. He was employed as a consulting engineer with the J.L. Wilson Engineering Firm of Indianapolis and for Community Natural gas Company of Mount Carmel, Ill. During his employment, he was active for many years in the Indiana Gas Association and the American Gas Association, from which he received The Award of Merit in 1978.
Visitation will be held at Flanner Buchanan Funeral Center-Lawrence on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. with Masonic Services to follow. Funeral service will be Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. with visitation from noon until the time of the service. Burial will be at the Old Oakland Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or The American Cancer Society.