Richard “Dick” Eugene Stone was born in Pasco, Washington, on Sept. 28, 1923, to Simon and Fannie (Jewell) Stone. He joined two brothers and two sisters. Richard passed away on July 13, 2019.
Dick graduated from Pasco High School in 1942 and entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge until Jan. 3 when he was wounded and captured. He was a prisoner-of-war for three and a half months until he was liberated in April 1945. He was transferred to a hospital in Walla Walla.
Dick attended and graduated from Washington State University in 1950 with a degree in history and social studies. He was a proud Cougar! He began his career at Ferndale High School teaching history and psychology. He later helped start the counseling department and was also a counselor for students entering the military service. He traveled to many states, institutions and veterans’ facilities in this capacity. Dick was well loved by his students and shared many breakfasts and lunches with different groups of former students that he dubbed “his kids.”
Dick was an avid gardener all of his life and loved to share the endless bounty of fruits and vegetables with friends, neighbors and the Lighthouse Mission. He was a member of the Fourth Corner chapter of the Ex-Prisoners of War and served as its commander for many years. He was the national director for two years. Dick was named Ferndale’s Man of the Year in 1971 and more recently had a street in Ferndale named after him as “Dick Stone Lane.” One of Dick’s greatest honors was being asked to lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.
After Dick’s retirement from his teaching career, he and Vi traveled the world. They visited all the states and over 40 countries. They enjoyed taking their family on several cruises and made many friends on their travels.
Dick was predeceased by his parents, siblings and his first wife, Frances Perry Stone.
He is survived by his wife, Viola Stone; son Chuck Stone (Elizabeth); daughter Diane Nymeyer (Ron); step-son Mike Dunkin (Glenda); and step-daughter Sue Oiness (Rick). Dick had eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family invites you to attend a memorial in Dick’s honor at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St., with Pastor Bobbi Virta officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Lighthouse Mission and Whatcom Hospice House.
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