Luther R. Rone
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Luther R. Rone, 90, died June 10, 2013, at home. He was the son of Tobe Valentine Rone and Mary Jane Dickerson Rone and was raised in Ethel, Mississippi. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II where he held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He flew P-47s over northern France and was shot down on December 26, 1944. He was a German prisoner of war until he was liberated on May 1, 1945. He was on active duty until December, 1946 when he joined the army reserves. He served with the army reserves through 1960. After completing his active duty and graduating from Mississippi State University, Luther worked for the US Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1979.
Luther married Christine Ivey Rone in 1949 and moved to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1951. While in Alexandria, he was active in Trinity United Methodist Church teaching Sunday school and servings on various committees. He was active in the schools and organizations of his four children. He moved to Toledo Bend reservoir near Many, Louisiana in 1986 where he enjoyed fishing and vegetable gardening.
Luther was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Christine after 60 years of marriage, a brother, Hubert Rone, and a son-in-law, Larry Noblitt. Luther is survived by three sisters, Pauline Rone Moore, Lorine Rone Williams, and Patricia Rone Proctor and two brothers Carlton Rone and Wallie Rone. He is also survived by his daughters Donna Rone Noblitt, Debra Rone McDowell, and Judy Rone Holt, son Rodney Rone, son-in-laws Tony McDowell and Kenneth Holt and daughter-in-law Donna Marr Rone. He has seven grandchildren, Michelle Noblitt Gaissert and her husband Kevin, Alan Noblitt and his wife Amy, Wesley McDowell, Melissa McDowell, Alison Rone, Jamie Rone, and Emily Rone. He also is also survived by his great-grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Gaissert, Katherine Gaissert, and Alexander Luther Noblitt.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Many, Louisiana. The funeral services will be held at 10:00 on Saturday June 15, 2013 in the chapel at Alexandria Memorial Gardens, Highway 165 South, Alexandria, Louisiana with internment immediately following.
The family would like to thank Mary Tyler for her loving care of Luther and Christine in their final years. With her care, they were able to remain in the home that they loved.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) in care of First United Methodist Church, P. O. 1210, Many, LA 71449 or the
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
9891 Texas Hwy Many, LA 71449
Published in The Town Talk on June 13, 2013