Donald Lindsay Stone, age 83, of Winona, Minn., died peacefully Tuesday, July 10, 2012, with his loving wife and companion of 25 years, Carol, at his side.
Don was born December 1, 1928, to Leo and Mary (Bell) Stone in Monroe, Iowa. Growing up in many small towns in Iowa, he graduated from Washington High School in 1946. After a stint on a mountaintop lookout for the U.S. Forest Service he returned to work in his familyís floor covering business and married Helen Givans. Following the birth of his two sons he resumed his education at the University of Iowa earning a Bachelorís degree in journalism.
After college, Don worked as the Assistant Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce in St. Cloud, Minn., and then the Executive Director for the Winona, Minn., and Appleton, Wis., Chambers. He was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson to serve as the administrator of the Unemployment Compensation Division of the Department of Industry, Labor & Human Relations. He closed his professional career as Director of the Midwest Food Processors Association and retired in 1993.
Don was an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Junto Club of Winona, Masonic Lodge #18, and the Learning Club. He served as a volunteer for SCORE, the Winona Friendship Center, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (be sure to visit while in Winona!) and was on the Winona Board of Adjustment.
When not working or volunteering, he and Carol enjoyed biking, hiking, backpacking, tennis, skiing and attending various artistic events.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carol Heyl of Winona, Minn., sons: Stephen (Karen Holtz-Stone) Stone of Madison, Wis. and Craig (Kristin Eilers) Stone of St. Paul, Minn., step-sons: Bruce (Mary) Heyl of Minneapolis, Minn., and Daniel (Pattie) Heyl of Seattle, Wash., step-daughter, Erica (Robert) Heyl-Long of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., grandchildren: Katherine and Elizabeth Stone; step-grandchildren: Edward, Martha & Josephine Heyl; William and Sarah Dowd; brothers: Eugene Stone of San Diego, Calif., and James (Luella) Stone of West Des Moines, Iowa, and other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Helen Moreland.
Visitation will be at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Celebration of life will be Friday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m. (visitation @ 10:00) at Wesley United Methodist Church, Winona, with Reverend Justin Halbersma officiating.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to University of Iowa Library, Winona Community Foundation, or the Washington Iowa High School Foundation.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.comServices entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.