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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 www.marksfuneralservice.com.

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. (dfcnoco.org)

Online condolences may be made at www.marksfuneralservice.com.
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    Location
    Cowboy Church
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    LUCERNE, CO
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    Notes
    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 www.marksfuneralservice.com.
  • Interment

    Location
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    Address
    4400 West Kenyon Avenue
    DENVER, CO 80236
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Mary Ann Savinsky

Posted at 07:49pm
I always enjoyed working with Bob. We ran into each other every couple of years at our Flight Instructor Refresher Course in Colorado Springs. He always had a smile on his face and a great attitude!!! Lee, my heart breaks for you. Bob was a great guy and will be missed.

Mary Ann Savinsky
 
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airwise101@gmail.com Posted at 05:29pm

My heart breaks every day. There is so much emptiness and sadness these days. His passing has been a tremendous loss. He was the best for me and so many already miss him. Thank you for your kind words. He is now healed and flying with the angels.
JG

John & Jeep Green

Posted at 01:40pm
John & Jeep Green,
I flew many trips with Bob in the old Frontier days (B-737-200) and not only did I consider him to be an expert pilot he was one of the fineist gentleman I've ever known. He will be deeply missed. He is with his creator now; so long to a wonderful friend.
 
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Arlene Posted at 04:42pm

What you say is true. He was an expert pilot and the finest gentleman I have ever known. I am so grateful I was with him as long as I was. I miss him so much and it does't get easier. My purpose in life is to be with him again in our next life. As a Believer, I know we will be together once again. He was the best and always spoke highly of you and Jeep. He would be pleased by your words. Thank you for your support and kind words.
T

tacomaria@aol.com

Posted at 02:50pm
It was so good to see Bob at our 50th high school reunion. He had a great smile, was so kind. He took me to Homecoming one year and that was a special time. What a great man who will be so wonderfully remembered and greatly missed. May God comfort and be with all his family who I know he loved so much.
 
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Arlene Posted at 05:09pm

He was kind to everyone and everyone that knew him will always remember him. He was a thinker and always had an answer which was 99% correct. Besides being a husband, friend, and lover, he was my mentor. I learned so much from him. I miss him so much and still look for him to walk through that door. Anyone that got to know him, have wonderful memories.
MW

Mary and Rollie Wussow

Posted at 02:31pm
As we age, each of us in our own way, benchmarks our personal history by the family we are born into; the development of our lives with education, marriage, children and their children; career and importantly, meaningful and substantial lifelong friendships. Robert Richard Stone was such a lifelong friend for Mary and for me.
My verbal and writing salutation to him was 'Cap't. Bob', which began in 1962 at Minnesota's Winona State College in Margarite Ritman's 'Principles of Sociology' class, a freshman requirement for some obtuse reason. After class and for decades during phone chats, we chuckled about her boring teaching habit of reading a chapter while fluttering her eyes at the ceiling. Bob didn't consume adult beverages, but joking about having a 'margarite' (a) always bound us with the memory of our first meeting.
For Mary, who shared friendship with Bob starting in '62 also, her greetings with Bob were smiles and hugs...and sharing stories when Bob would drive her home to Mahtomedi on some long weekends before continuing on to Richfield to see his family...those smiles from Cap't. Bob were memorable. Bob respected and loved his parents, especially his Dad, his flying-influencer, who was the first Northwest Orient Airlines 747 pilot to fly that craft on what was known as 'the Great Circle' route, a geodesic flight plan over the Arctic, saving the airline time and fuel between Minneapolis and Tokyo. Bob was brilliant at assessing quality airline ownership; citing NWA's Donald Nyrop as the best and Robert Crandall of American Airlines among the worst...we'd spend hours on the merits of support by airline ownership to employees...Despite what his feelings or challenges may have been (following his Vietnam experience, becoming an expert in assisting Boeing and investigative bodies with his analysis of crashes of 'his plane', the Boeing 737, across the globe, and actually witnessing the American Airlines 727 crash into the Pentagon while driving his Continental 737 on descent into Baltimore from Jacksonville on 9/11 with 130 'souls and crew' -- Bob's term --on board) Bob's smile was visible...in person and resonating on the phone during our countless -- and frequently lengthy -- chats for about 40 years. Mary and I, and our mutual good friend from Winona State also for those years, Tex Sieben, valued those chats.
In the spring of '63 I believe, Cap't. Bob rented time with a small plane in Winona and separately gave Mary and I our first ride in an airplane. Mary handled the experience beautifully; I recall Bob having to clean the plane after landing as I left remnants of a Country Boy sandwich on the floor as he was climbing over the Mississippi River toward Sugar Loaf Bluff. When he piloted his homemade aircraft to visit us in Dayton, Ohio and put me in the right seat again for an aerial view of our home, my stomach behaved.
Bob's life was flying. Until he met Lee. Then it was Lee and flying. He happily told us about their courtship; about Lee occupying that right seat in that homemade plane and together vacationing at exotic spots...we have so many memories about Bob...how he paid off a mortgage (after a dispute) in pennies and forced the bank to take hours counting it accurately with him present...recalling his athlete days as a track star at Winona State and me writing about his performance in the 440, the 880 and those hurdles in the Dayton Daily News.
After he and Lee found their beautiful Colorado ranch property, Bob committed his hurdling experiences in another direction; supporting Lee's recovery from her horrific vehicle injuries. Then his health failed and Lee reversed the roles...and his friends -- those meaningful and substantial friends and Bob's family -- rallied too and were more than spectators at a track meet. Along with Lee, we were loving, caring and cheering Bob for a life extremely well lived and for his focused contributions to his wife and his spirit of flying.
Mary and I would frequently follow his sign off words on phone calls...'fly straight and take care my friends'.
Same to you, Cap't. Bob. Same to you.

Mary and Rollie Wussow
Bernalillo, New Mexico
 
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airwise101@gmail.com Posted at 09:04pm

Thank you for such a warm testimonial. I know how much he meant to you and Mary. I will never forget when you emphatically told me to get him to Mayo. Which I did and were welcomed and cared for by Tex and Ginny for 2 weeks. That is friendship. I am so glad I got to meet you 4 and got to love you as much as Bob did. He was the finest man I have ever met and was so lucky to have him for my husband for 25 years plus the years before we got married. They were the best and happiest years of my life. I know I will miss him the rest of my life but it will be worth it just to know his love. He knew how to love me and I knew how to love him. So many wonderful memories. He was my hero.
LV

Leslie A. Vogt

Posted at 02:10pm
Arlene, from his biography and pictures, I can see that Bob was a lovely man, inside and out. He deserved to have you in his life . Hugs, Leslie
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