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Ralph Gordon Stone

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RALPH GORDON STONE Ralph was born on March 9, 1923 and passed away on November 13, 2013 in Riverside, California at the age of 90. He is survived by Martha Thompson; his children Robert Stone (Suellen Evavold), Shelley Curtis (Larry), and Suzanne Gorter (James); grandchildren, Benjamin Stone, Stacy Stone, Aaron Poor, and Travis Gorter, great grandchildren Chandler Stone, Louie Kingslein, Reuben Kingslein, Ella Poor, and Benjamin Poor; sister Elaine Stone, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie Cady Stone; siblings Helen Karas, Beverly Buccino, Delbert Stone, Earl Royal Stone, Jr., Jackie Marino, and John Stone who died in infancy. Ralph was born on the family farm in Anita, Iowa to Anne and Earl Stone. He attended school at the neighborhood one room school house and graduated from Anita High School in 1941. He briefly worked in Detroit, Michigan at the Briggs Company while waiting to go into the service. He was inducted into the Navy on March 19, 1943. He served in Guadalcanal and Okinawa as a Radioman 3rd Class. He was proud of his service on Okinawa where he was assigned to the Amphibious Tractor Unit and was located at the front lines of battle. He was discharged on December 22, 1945 as a decorated veteran, earning a Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation.Ralph went through college on the G.I. bill in Ames, Iowa at then Iowa State College. He became a civil engineer. While in school he married Rosemarie Cady. After college he moved to Onawa, Iowa and was the Assistant County Engineer. In 1956 he moved his family to Riverside, California to work for the Riverside County Flood Control District. His work history in Riverside included starting his own company, working for Webb and Associates, returning to, and eventually retiring from, the County Flood Control District at age 62, continuing to be a part time consultant and plan checker for private firms up until the age of 80. Ralph was active in his community as a Scout leader, member of the American Legion, Evergreen Masonic Lodge, the Riverside Elks, and a docent at the Riverside Museum. He was a charter member of Hope Lutheran Church and more recently a member of All Saints Episcopal. He was loyal to family and friends, keeping long standing friendships orignating from the "Potluck Group", belonged to a bridge club that met monthly for 67 years, and kept in contact with relatives across the country. After Rosemarie's death in 1991, Marti came into his life. They enjoyed over 20 years of love and companionship up until his death. He will be greatly missed. Services for Ralph Stone will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside at 10 a.m., followed by a military service to inter his remains at Riverside National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Meet at staging area #3.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 1, 2013
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