James B. Stoner

July 18, 1937July 15, 2018
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James B. Stoner II July 18, 1937 – July 15, 2018

James “Jim” Stoner passed away at the age of 80 on July 15, 2018. Beloved husband of Judith (nee Davidson) for 55 years. Jim graduated from Niles High School and St. Olaf College where he met his wife. Loving dad of Amy (Scott) Gray of Lake Forest, James (Molly) Stoner III of Chicago and Sheri Meehan of Rolling Meadows. Cherished Grandpa of Robert, Michael, and Tricia Gray, Addison, Kacie and James Stoner IV, Daniel and Matthew Meehan. Dear brother of Carol (Walt) Roth of Huntley, IL. Fond brother-in-law and uncle of many. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Ruth Gabriel Stoner. Jim was the President and owner of United States Crayon Company and S&S Keytags. He was an active Shriner who served as Potentate of Medinah Temple in 1996 and the Medinah Treasurer for 18 years. He was a 50 year Master Mason, Grand High Priest of York Rite, and 33rd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. Jim was also an Eagle Scout, coached Little League baseball and football, and was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox fan.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 20th from 3-8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. at William H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf, Wilmette, Il. Lying in state from 10:00 am until time of funeral service 11:00 am on Saturday, July 21 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 1133 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL. Interment will follow at Acacia Park Cemetery.

Memorials made to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue. Chicago, IL 60707 or Gloria Dei Church Memorial Fund 1133 Pfingsten Road. Northbrook,IL 60062 would be greatly appreciated by the family.


  • Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago
  • Gloria Dei Church Memorial Fund


  • Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Masonic Service Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Lying in State Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, July 21, 2018

James B. Stoner

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Amy Noble

July 19, 2018

Dear Sheri,

I am sorry for your loss. I remember how funny your Dad was. I enjoyed his humor when I came to visit. I will always remember when I was invited to different events the year he was the Grand Potentate. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom, Amy and Jimmy. In loving memory, Amy Noble

Portia and Mike Davidson

July 18, 2018

Tribute to James Stoner
We were so saddened and heartbroken to hear the news of our brother-in-law Jim Stoner’s passing. Jim was a person who was not only admired and respected, he was beloved by the entire family and he added richness to the lives of countless others, and in countless ways. Jim touched so many lives with his kindness, caring, loving and peaceful nature. There are so many definitions of a great man and Jim was a true champion who demonstrated what’s possible through his inspiration, passion, focus and dedication during his entire lifetime.
Jim’s special touch with people sits at the heart of his equally remarkable life! Jim’s numerous successes are a credit to the support that he always received from his wonderful wife, Judy who has been a constant source of love and encouragement during the 55 years they were married. His greatest treasures were his wife, children and grandchildren who all possess the same strong values and warm human qualities as their father and grandfather, Jim Stoner.
During our visits to Chicago, we loved hearing Jim talk to us about the wonderful work the Shriners accomplish on a daily basis raising the funds necessary to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children who need critical medical assistance. Jim was a prominent businessman and a leader in the Shriner Community for decades. Thank you Jim for being the man God called you to be! Thank you for impacting so many lives in a positive and beneficial way! God has blessed Jim during his entire lifetime. “I will bless you … and you will be a blessing to others.” (Genesis 12:2 NIV). Jim is blessed by God because he was a blessing to all of us. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
He lives on in each of us, with our stories and memories. Let’s remind each other of them.
Portia and Mike Davidson (sister and brother in law) Woodbridge, VA