Bob Stone, of Redding, CA died Monday, June 25, 2012 peacefully in his sleep at home after a long illness. Born in Winnsboro, TX, April 13, 1931, the 5th of 8 children, to John and Edna Stone. After high school he joined the Navy. He helped with taking the USS Silverstein DE 534 out of the mothball fleet and did two tours to Korea. The ship received recognition from Admiral Nimitz for being the heaviest fired upon ship in the Korean War. He met his future wife, at a skating rink in Oakland, while he was engaged in taking the Silverstein out of mothballs. After the first tour (August, 1952), he married the love of his life. Upon discharge from the Navy and in the early years of marriage, he worked 2 jobs to support his family.
He joined the Redding Police Department in 1957. Always caring about Redding's youth, as Juvenile Officer, he helped start the Redding Teen Center and worked with the Redding Youth Baseball. While heading the Traffic Division he wrote and implemented the Ride Along program. He retired as Administrator to the Chief of Police as a Sergeant in 1985. His home was always a focal meeting place for friends, family and "adopted" family. He encouraged all to just "drop in". Just recently, one of his grandchildren said: "He was the most non-judgmental person he had ever known". He loved to go to the family cabin bordering Battle Creek, fishing Lake McCumber and just hanging out relaxing and enjoying his Country music and Western movies.
Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jeanette, his son Mark Stone (Sandy) in Kailua-Kona, HI, his daughter, Deborah McDaniel (Dwaine) in Redding, daughter-in-law Candi Stone, in Redding, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister, Gwen Henderson (Daniel) in Kemp, TX, brother, Gene Stone (Frances) in Winnsboro, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Edna Stone, Matt Stone (son), Adam Stone (grandson), 5 brothers and one sister.
Service will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Igo, July 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, PO Box 76, Igo, CA 96047
Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).