John H. "Jack"
John H. (Jack) Stone was surrounded by his loving family as he passed away on Friday, October 4, in The Toledo Hospital. He was 83. Jack was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 21, 1930, to Vallie and Joseph Stone. The family moved to Ohio in the 1940's.
Jack was a 1948 graduate of Holland High School and he attended Ohio State University. In 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Manley. Donna passed away in 2001.
Jack worked as a salesman for Sun Electric, Rogers Furniture City and Ed Schmidt Pontiac before buying Resthaven Manor in 1973 and becoming a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. In 1985, he built Spring Meadows Extended Care Facility for skilled and long term residents on his family's farmland. He was the administrator until his semi-retirement in 2006. During his years of leadership, he also oversaw the addition of Astor House Assisted Living after which the community was renamed Spring Meadows Senior Community. In 2003, Jack married Barbara Saul who, in addition to being a wonderful and supportive wife also helped him manage the nursing home. Then Jack turned the management of the facility to Phil Witker, whom he thought of as a son.
Jack was a member of the Masonic Northern Light Lodge #40. He also served several terms on Holland Council.
Jack loved the outdoors and liked to hunt deer and elk with his sons and good friend, Larry Manley. He was also proud that he had obtained his private plane pilot's license. In the last few years, his flying was done with his remote control planes from his easy chair. He could repair almost anything with a motor in it and he often was busy at the nursing home doing minor repairs. He was also a very accomplished carpenter who, at age 20, drew the design for he and Donna's first home on a piece of paper and then built it himself using lumber milled from the trees on the property. A few years ago, he and Barbara oversaw the building of a log cabin on their property in Tennessee.
Jack's survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Roxanne (Charlie) Warr, Lori Eckel (Charles Ostrander - special friend), Jodey (Jeff) MacQueen, John (Jodie) Stone, Noah (Ericka) Stone; stepchildren, Don (Karen) Manley, Mark (Debbie) Manley, Lorie (Randy) Bishop, David (Diana) Manley, Heather (Jeff) Mathis, Linda Washington (Dane); 23 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his new puppy, Duchess, who knows he's gone but doesn't understand why. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; his brother, Charles; his son-in-law, Charlie Eckel, and in-laws, Adaline Richards, Fred Richards, and Don Manley.
Visitation for Jack will be on Monday, October 7, 2013, from 2-9 p.m. with Masonic Services at 7 p.m. at the Maison-Dardenne Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street in Maumee. The funeral will be on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Springfield Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to express sympathy are asked to consider the Spring Meadows Senior Community Activity Fund. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 6, 2013