James R. Stone, III RHINEBECK- James R. Stone, III, 65, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Rhinebeck. Jim was a graduate of Rhinebeck High School, Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and has been employed for more than 30 years with IBM in Poughkeepsie and Kingston; most recently as a Quality Engineer for High End Servers. Over the past ten years Jim has received six outstanding Technical Achievement Awards from IBM. Prior to IBM he had worked ten years for the Red Hook Telephone Co., Jim served in the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was currently the treasurer and a very active member of the 1st Battalion 18th Infantry Assoc. He was a member and treasurer of the American Legion Montgomery Post #429 and the Fitzpatrick –Chapman V.F.W. He was also a life member of the Rhinecliff Fire Department and had been very active with Boy Scout Troop #128. Jim enjoyed everything outdoors; he was a member of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club, and enjoyed kayaking, fly fishing and hunting. He was a Ham radio operator and possessed an expert class license which he used for five years assisting overseas servicemen and women to communicate with their families. Born July 20, 1947 in Rhinebeck to James R. and Evelyn (Thatcher) Stone, Jr.. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons James P., and his wife Susan of Woodbridge, Va; and Timothy R. of Salzbergen, Germany; his companion Jill Welch of Rhinebeck; two grandchildren Mackenzie and Finn; a sister Jayne Stone of Lebanon, N.H.; and his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by a brother John T. Stone. Calling hours are Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Prayers will be offered at 4:30 p.m. and Members of the Montgomery Post #429 and Fitzpatrick Chapman Post will conduct services at 7 p.m. Funeral services are Saturday, 11 a.m., at the funeral Home followed by interment with full military honors in Rhinebeck Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #429, P.O. Box 429, Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572 or a
. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. To sign the online register please visit dapsonchestney.com
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Nov. 21, 2012