Robert Stone

Bob Stone

Tuesday, December 12th, 1944 - Friday, March 13th, 2020
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Stone, Robert Richard “Bob”
Due to the escalating situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the family of Bob Stone is postponing his services to a later date which will be posted at

Bob was born December 12, 1944 in Winona, MN to Rosemary and Robert Stone. Bob’s father was a pilot for Northwest Airlines and moved his family to Southern MN in 1945. In 1947, his father was transferred to Spokane, WA. From there the family moved to Richfield, MN. Bob was raised in Richfield. Bob started his formal flight training at the age 16, earned his private pilots license at 17 and graduated from Richfield High School in 1962. Bob went on to attend Winona State College and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During that time, he earned his commercial pilots license and continued formal flight training.

After college he enrolled in an instrument flight school. The day he received his instrument rating he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He reported to the draft office and was sent to basic training at Fort Campbell KY. He completed AIT, Advanced Individual Training in Fort Knox, KY. From there he was assigned Tank Training and then on to Helicopter Maintenance School for Huey helicopters. Upon completion, he was assigned as crew chief in the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company at Fort Carson, CO. His training was to take infantry to and from war zones. He was then deployed to South Vietnam where he spent one year and one month. In March 1968, he was awarded the Air Medal for combat aerial support of ground operations for Dong Ba Thin base camp, South Vietnam. In Bob’s own words “Training, commitment, luck and watchful eyes from above brought me home with a renewed love of freedom the protected will never know.” He was proud to have served his country. He was honorably discharged August 31, 1969.

After the service, Bob immediately found work as a pilot, his life long love. He flew for a Cessna dealership delivering airplanes for three months, was a flight instructor at Flying Cloud Airport for three years, and then a pilot for Mississippi Valley Airways for one year. From there he returned to school for his flight engineer license in Dallas, TX. From 1973 to 1977 he flew DC3’s Charter Company fishing trips to Canada. In 1977, he was called by the original Frontier Airlines to fly for them. He flew for Frontier Airlines until 1986 when Frontier was acquired by Continental Airlines. He then flew for Continental Airlines for 18 years and retired as Captain Stone in 2004.
In 1987, he met Arlene (Lee), a Continental Flight Attendant and they were married in 1994. They spent the next 25 years flying, traveling and then managing Arlene’s late Mother’s estate. After all of his overseas trips, Bob was always glad to get back on U.S. soil.

Bob’s loves were Lee, flying, cars and rural America working together and tending to Lee’s family. While his family and friends will miss Bob and his kindness, humor, smile, and sparkling eyes, they are comforted to know that Bob is now healed and whole with his Savior.

Preceded in death by his parents Robert O. Stone and Rosemary L. (Yackel) Stone, and step-father Roy W. White II.

Bob is survived by his loving and devoted wife Arlene, brother Rick (Judi) Stone, sister Betty (Nik) Dupay, and brother Roy (Pam) White III, step- Mother Shirley Stone, aunt Shirley Yackel, four nephews, one niece, cousins and friends.

His family wishes to thank the kind and caring memory café and support group leaders, Cyndy and Andrea, his wonderful caregivers Sarah, Shelly, Dee, and the great staff at Accent Care: Gracie, Mandy, Jen, and Larry. They have all been caring, loving, and invaluable caregivers for Bob.

Please designate memorials in Bob’s honor to Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado. (

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    Cowboy Church
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    Due to the escalating situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the family of Bob Stone is postponing his services to a later date which will be posted at
  • Interment

    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    4400 West Kenyon Avenue
    DENVER, CO 80236
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ginny sieben

Posted at 12:00pm
We are so sad, Lee. He was so blessed to have found you. Thank you for posting all the wonderful pictures.

Love, Tex and Ginny
A Posted at 07:46pm

Thank you but I was blessed to have had 32 years with him. And so grateful to Rollie who told me to get him to Mayo and you and Ginny that drove us around back and forth to Mayo and fed us for 2 weeks. I remember getting the diagnosis. That was the beginning of years of tears that continue to flow.I miss him so much and I know my heart will ache for years to come. I am sad everyday and if I didn't have my animals I don't know what would motivate me. I hope our little slice of heaven is enough to sustain me.

Ellen Gibson

Posted at 05:25pm
Dear Lee,
Giff and I connected with you and Bob immediately in our Dementia Friendly gatherings. Since we have both traveled the endless road of Dementia care, I can only admire you for giving Bob the loving care that you did until he was called to Heaven. It was a long and difficult road, dear lady, but you had the determination and strength to stay the course. I know my Giff looks down on me daily and I am certain that Bob is doing the same for you while soaring somewhere in the Heavens in the latest and fastest jet or car available. My love and prayers are with to you during this next stage of your life. Please contact me anytime if you need to visit.
Ellen (and Giff) Gibson

Karen Farrell Jackson

Posted at 01:11pm
I am devastated to hear that Bob is gone. He was my boyfriend our senior year in high school, and through the years I loved seeing him whenever we both attended a class reunion. He was then and ever one of the nicest, kindest, cheerful, and delightful people I have ever known. He made the world a better place. He took me for my first ride in an airplane from Flying Cloud airport in Eden Prairie to Winona to visit his aunt and uncle. He sent me my first bouquet of roses on my 18th birthday and took me to the Senior prom in his mom's yellow Lincoln convertible. He signed all his notes to me "Just Plane Bob." He shared with me his favorite poem, "High Flight" and I know that he has truly now, "Slipped the surly bonds of earth." and not only "Touched", but seen "the face of God."
A Posted at 05:57pm

I knew the moment I met him on our first trip together he was a gentleman. We were both smitten with each other and we ended up in marriage. I am so grateful for the years we had together. They were the best years of my life. Bob was one of a kind and I was so blessed to have shared my life with him. I miss him so much but I was thankful to have had him at home with me the entire time of his illness. We had a good life, just not long enough. My heart is so broken and the tears are always ready to fall. Thank you for your kind words. I knew he was a gem.

Al and Iola Kaldor

Posted at 03:51pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Ramona Barmoen

Posted at 06:04pm
Reading in Tioga,North Dakota paper about the events that Bob endured as a pilot and how his passengers were is number one concern when 911 happened. One of many favorite memories of a man who is our friend. Smiley and Ramona
A Posted at 10:18am

Yes, Bob was an excellent pilot with his passengers his number one concern on all his flights. We had many trips up to ND to tend to inheritance issues and we always loved getting together with you two and local neighbors. I have many heart warming memories of get together meals and restoring the ranches. Thank you for the many hours we worked and enjoyed each other.

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