F. Kenneth Stone

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F. Kenneth Stone COLUMBIA A celebration for the life of F. Kenneth Stone, 91, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home on Bush River Road in Columbia is in charge of arrangements. F. Kenneth Stone, proud son of Saluda, SC, was born October 17, 1922, the youngest of five children of Gregg Eucebius Stone and Sally Myrtle Wertz. He died peacefully in National Health Care, West Columbia, on June 22, 2014. Ken graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1946 and began his 20-year naval career in aviation in airships. He was involved in anti-submarine warfare on the east coast and was the first in his class to become an airship commander with a flight crew of nine. When the speed and depth of nuclear submarines made airship ineffective, Ken transitioned to carrier-based aircraft. In 1952 he qualified on the AD1 Sky Raider and was deployed to the Western Pacific on the aircraft carriers USS Hancock and USS Boxer where he provided close air support to ground forces. His specialty was Light Attack Pilot. In addition to various aviation related assignments, Ken taught navigation at Yale University and his unit participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He held an FAA multi-engine commercial license when he retired as a lieutenant commander in 1966. Ken Stone began his second career as an engineer in Air Quality with the Pollution Control Authority, which became the Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, in 1967. He became Director of Compliance for all regulated sources of air pollution in South Carolina, retiring in 1985. An active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for 46 years, Ken served on the church council and on various committees. He enjoyed woodworking, playing golf with the Coldstream Old Guard, poker, and socializing with a wide circle of friends. Depending on the group, he was known affectionately as Rock, Rocky, Ken, Kenny, Big K or Chuckles. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Joanne Stone, to whom he was married 51 years. He is survived by his three daughters, Nancy Stone-Collum (Steve), Diane Stone, Ellen Miller (Malcolm), two granddaughters, Caroline Chin (Brandon) and Erica Collum, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the caring nurses and CNAs of the Jasmine Unit at NHC HealthCare in West Columbia for their compassionate ministering to his needs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210. www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net
Published in The State on June 25, 2014
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