Dick Stone
Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home
111 Skokie Blvd
Wilmette, IL
Stone, Dick

Dick Stone, 80, of Highland Park, passed away on Jan. 7 after a long illness. Beloved husband of Fran (Spielman) Stone. Loving father of Jason and the late Craig Stone. Father-in-law of Sharon Stone and soon-to-be father-in-law of Haylee Schwartz. Grandfather of Maddie, Paige and Hanner Stone. Son-in-law of Teri Klein. Brother-in-law of Hal Cohen and Jeff Wallis. Dick was a brilliant writer and reporter who was the youngest foreign correspondent United Press International ever had. After graduating from Highland Park High School and attending the University of Illinois at Navy Pier, he got his start at City News Bureau. He then joined UPI's Chicago bureau before being promoted to run UPI's Des Moines Bureau covering the Iowa General Assembly and then-Gov. Harold Hughes. It wasn't long before Dick had realized his lifelong dream of becoming a foreign correspondent — first in Tokyo, then as bureau chief in Djarkarta, Indonesia. It was there that his deep contacts, reporting skills and understanding of geopolitics helped him score a 24-hour scoop on the world when former Indonesian President Sukarno was deposed. When Dick returned to the United States, he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting — first at KYW Radio in Philadelphia, then home to WIND Radio Chicago, where he covered the administration of former Mayor Richard J. Daley and conducted the only one-on-one radio interview the late mayor ever granted. Dick went on to serve as an award-winning news director at WIND Radio and WCFL Radio before becoming a political and media consultant. Dick was a gourmet cook who delighted in entertaining friends and family and duplicating his favorite restaurant dishes. His Thanksgiving meals were legendary. So was his sense of humor. He loved jazz, played the drums and was a die-hard Cubs fan who lived to see his beloved team win the World Series after naming his Golden Retriever "Theo." Most of all, he adored his family. If you had asked him to pinpoint his greatest accomplishment, he would have said it was being a father and husband. In retirement, he served his community as a member of the Rotary Club and as an assistant teacher and mentor to students at Highland Park H.S. Dick was predeceased by his parents Bernard (Kahn) and Gladys (Abrams). A memorial service will be held at a later date. Shiva will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette. For information, call 847-256-5700.

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Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 11, 2022.
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Dear Fran and family-Dick was such a great part of our lives, first advising Mark and then taking on my campaign-great sense of humor, wise and a dear friend-had lost touch in recent years-he was so proud of you and the entire family-and, of course, loved the Cubs!! Will send you a note and make a contribution in his honor! Dee
Dee Beaubien
January 18, 2022
We are saddened to hear of Dick´s passing. He helped and influenced a lot of good people, in positive ways, to be better. A great legacy. Be well.
Bill and Beth Coulson
January 13, 2022
Dear Fran & Family, We are deeply saddened to learn of Dick's passing away. We so enjoyed having you as our neighbors. We often remark about Dick's license plate "Answers" still getting a kick out of it. "If you have questions.. I have answers" he told us. May your fondest memories provide much comfort to your family now and always, Andrea & Stuart Rich
Andrea Rich
January 12, 2022
I am so very sorry that you and your family are experiencing such a trying time. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and if there is anything I can do please reach out.
Jami Mandl
January 11, 2022
Fran Please accept our sympathies for your loss. The news account demonstrates that you and Dick had a wonderful life together.You will have the memories. Bob
Robert J Repel
January 11, 2022
Hal Cohen and Jeff Wallis
January 11, 2022
We lost our good friend. Our lives became richer when we met you. So many wonderful times we shared together. Until we see you again, good bye for now, "Uncle Dick". Love, "Uncle Bob" and Katie
Bob and Katie Boharic
January 10, 2022
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