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Memorial Funeral Chapel

1515 South College Ave, Bryan, TX

OBITUARY

Richard Lee Stone

September 27, 1953October 4, 2019
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Richard Lee Stone, age 66, of Bryan, TX left us too soon on Oct. 4, 2019 as a result of a boating accident. He was doing what he loved – fishing in Matagorda, TX. He was a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, and so much more. Richard was born on Sept. 27, 1953 to Richard and Edna Stone (Walker). He was the eldest of five children. A 1971 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, he proudly served his country in the Third Battalion Platoon 3134 in the U.S. Marine Corps as an airplane technician from 1971 to 1975, rising through the ranks from private to corporal. Richard went through basic training in San Diego, CA and was stationed in El Toro, CA; the Philippines; Vietnam; Australia; and Japan. Before he was honorably discharged, he received the National Defense Service Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Richard exemplified the Marine Corp’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Semper Fi! After his discharge from the Marines, Richard worked in oil drilling, then became an electrician, and retired from the automotive industry where he managed wholesale and retail car sales.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Stone, Jr. He is survived by his mother Edna; brothers, William (Billy) L. Stone and Charles (David) D. Stone; sister Linda K. Stone (all of Bryan, TX); brother Robert (Bobby) V. Stone and his wife Brenda of Hearne, TX; his first wife Cindy Powell of Humble, TX; his children Valorie Pullin and husband Jason of Deanville, TX; Melissa D. Van Dyke and husband Scott of Lincoln, NE; Alisha (Nicole) N. Raidart and husband Branden of Gurnee, IL; Valorie, Melissa and Nicole’s mother Deborah Hastings of Montgomery, TX; Richard (Ricky) L. Stone, Jr. of Austin, TX; Blake A. Stone and wife Marissa of Bryan, TX; and Sara D. Stone of Bryan, TX; Ricky, Blake and Sara’s mother Jeanette Stone of Bryan, TX; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; too many nieces, nephews and cousins to name; and many friends.

Richard loved them all fiercely and they loved him back – a man who was larger than life, whose laugh filled the room. A true Renaissance man, he had many passions – his large and loving family, dancing, reading, music, cooking and grilling, hunting, fishing, gardening, poker and, most of all, God. In the last year of his life, Richard met his friend Lisa Coleman of Matagorda, TX. They talked every day and never ran out of things to say to one another. They shared many devotionals together as Richard began down God’s great path for us all - forgiving others and, most importantly, himself. We were blessed to see Richard turn his life back to God. It was a beautiful testimony – a fitting end to a story filled with laughter and one that ended too abruptly for those of us he left behind. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the new is here!” Richard’s new life has begun in Heaven with our Father – well done, good and faithful servant! Until we meet again, you keep those angels dancing in Heaven. You are deeply missed and loved. You live on in our hearts.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • FUNERAL SERVICE Wednesday, October 9, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • INTERMENT, VISITATION

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Don Kinsey

October 13, 2019

Rest in peace, my friend. My life will never be the same without you. Thank you for all of the pleasant hours we spent talking about hunting, fishing, and John Wayne. You were one of the most loyal people I have ever known. Say hello to our heroes.

Kathy Boykin

October 12, 2019

Sweet Richard always has a laugh and smile on his face. I remember meeting him about 25 years ago when we were both in the car business. I wasn’t sure how to take this guy first but then we eventually became good friends. Rest easy friend and tell my Michael we miss him down here. Now y’all go catch a lot of fish!!

Margie Schulz-Hodges

October 8, 2019

I've known Richard for many years. But became pretty close the last 10yrs when he was with a my friend of mine Sharon C. I always loved Dancing w Richard, he was a Great dancer. He would always break into a Jitter bug, because he knew I loved it. He would always keep me laughing on or off the dance floor. If he was there, I Always knew I was going to get to dance. But Most of all I will miss the Laughter & his Sense of Humor. Yes he was a loving man, he had so Much Love for his Family & Friends🙏❤RIP, I'll miss you my Friend!!

Joyce Saunders

October 7, 2019

I will miss seeing him and dancing with him. Every time we danced together he would tell me how much he liked dancing with me. One time though he went to spin me and I elbowed him right in the mouth. He laughed and took it like a champ. I just saw him the previous Friday at the vfw so this is hard to take in. Rest high on that mountain sweet man.

Crystal Yeager

October 7, 2019

Uncle Ricky! Those nights you'd come in and give me a big ole kiss and we danced through the night is something i will always remember. We talked and talked about family as you twirled me around and around. Loving me unconditionally and telling me i was a beautiful person as you hugged me so tight. Letting me know you were there if i needed you. I cry on my pillow every night wishing i could get one more kiss, one more dance or one more talk. I will talk to you still in paradise. I love you so very much Uncle Rick.

Stephanie Hansen

October 5, 2019

Melissa and family - sending hugs and prayers your way. I’m sure your dad is looking down on how much love you had for him.

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Biography

Richard Lee Stone, age 66, of Bryan, TX left us too soon on Oct. 4, 2019 as a result of a boating accident. He was doing what he loved – fishing in Matagorda, TX. He was a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, and so much more.
Richard was born on Sept. 27, 1953 to Richard and Edna Stone (Walker). He was the eldest of five children.
A 1971 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan, he proudly served his country in the Third Battalion Platoon 3134 in the U.S. Marine Corps as an airplane technician from 1971 to 1975, rising through the ranks from private to corporal. Richard went through basic training in San Diego, CA and was stationed in El Toro, CA; the Philippines; Vietnam; Australia; and Japan. Before he was honorably discharged, he received the National Defense Service Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Richard exemplified the Marine Corp’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Semper Fi!
After his discharge from the Marines, Richard worked in oil drilling, then became an electrician, and retired from the automotive industry where he managed wholesale and retail car sales.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Stone, Jr. He is survived by his mother Edna; brothers, William (Billy) L. Stone and Charles (David) D. Stone; sister Linda K. Stone (all of Bryan, TX); brother Robert (Bobby) V. Stone and his wife Brenda of Hearne, TX; his first wife Cindy Powell of Humble, TX; his children Valorie Pullin and husband Jason of Deanville, TX; Melissa D. Van Dyke and husband Scott of Lincoln, NE; Alisha (Nicole) N. Raidart and husband Branden of Gurnee, IL; Valorie, Melissa and Nicole’s mother Deborah Hastings of Montgomery, TX; Richard (Ricky) L. Stone, Jr. of Austin, TX; Blake A. Stone and wife Marissa of Bryan, TX; and Sara D. Stone of Bryan, TX; Ricky, Blake and Sara’s mother Jeanette Stone of Bryan, TX; 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; too many nieces, nephews and cousins to name; and many friends.

Richard loved them all fiercely and they loved him back – a man who was larger than life, whose laugh filled the room. A true Renaissance man, he had many passions – his large and loving family, dancing, reading, music, cooking and grilling, hunting, fishing, gardening, poker and, most of all, God.
In the last year of his life, Richard met his friend Lisa Coleman of Matagorda, TX. They talked every day and never ran out of things to say to one another. They shared many devotionals together as Richard began down God’s great path for us all - forgiving others and, most importantly, himself. We were blessed to see Richard turn his life back to God. It was a beautiful testimony – a fitting end to a story filled with laughter and one that ended too abruptly for those of us he left behind. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the new is here!” Richard’s new life has begun in Heaven with our Father – well done, good and faithful servant! Until we meet again, you keep those angels dancing in Heaven. You are deeply missed and loved. You live on in our hearts.