Leo Andrew "Rocky" Stone

September 21, 1922 - February 9, 2012

Chapter Member 2000 through 2012

Leo "Rocky" Stone was born to Selden Charles Stone and Mabel (Nixon) Stone on September 21, 1922 in Isabella County near Clare, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother and Stepfather Grover Akers, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his stepbrothers Russell and Joseph Akers, brothers Selden and Jim Stone, half-brother Grover Akers, Jr. and stepsister Arlene Helbig. Surviving is his half-sister, Ila Mae Lecato of Florida. Leo met the love of his life at Mason High School, Grace Fruin. They were wed on May 30, 1942 and adopted two daughters Judy (Ron) Clark and Susan (Gary) Dubois. Grace succumbed to multiple myeloma on May 15, 1998. Leo is survived by his daughters and their families including many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps serving his country in World War II as a B-29 pilot in the Asiatic Pacific Theater on Guam. He was featured in the "The War – Michigan Voices" stories from the European and Pacific Theaters presented by WKAR and Michigan State University. Rocky was a long time member of the Holt Presbyterian Church. He was a committee man at UAW Local 652 during his 43 years of service at General Motors retiring in 1987. He served as superintendant of 4-H horses for Ingham County for several years. He was also a charter member of VFW Post 7309, Experimental Aircraft Association #55, American Legion Post 148, 315th Bomb Wing Association and Mason Area Historical Association. He taught his family courage, kindness, compassion, quiet strength and unconditional love. He never saw himself as anything other than an ordinary man but those who met him knew him as an extraordinary man with a great sense of humor. The Memorial Service will be on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2012 N. Aurelius, Holt with the Pastor Kirk Miller officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mason, following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Holt or the Experimental Aircraft Association #55, Mason Jewett Airport, 643 Aviation Dr., Mason, MI 48854. On-line condolences may be made at www.grbdmason.com. Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason, MI.

"High Flight"

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds -
And done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

 

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