William M. (Bill) Stone, 80, formerly of Glenwood, passed away August 18, 2018, at I.U. Health – Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
One of two children of William Howard and Elsie Russell Stone, Bill was born on August 26, 1937, in Rushville, Indiana.
He attended Orange School and for a number of years, attended school in Watseka, Illinois until he returned to Indiana with his family. Bill graduated from New Salem High School with the class of 1956 where he played sports and excelled in basketball. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Franklin College and later transferred to Ball State where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1961.
Bill was drafted into the United State Army and served in Korea and Fort Stewart, Georgia from where he received his honorable discharge.
Always willing to help anyone in need, Bill had been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
On November 19, 1966, Bill married the former Dolores Vermeulen in St. Gabriel Catholic Church. They moved to Indianapolis in 1966. Bill was transferred to Sarasota, Florida in 1986.
Bill had a brilliant mind and was an avid reader. He was employed as project manager and built many apartments for Klingbeil Company in Indianapolis, including Westchester Village (Coppertree), Brendan Way, and Stratford Place. Bill also was a regional manager for North American Roofing. Later, he became project manager for Health Quest and built healthcare facilities in Indianapolis and Sarasota. Bill was also employed by Keynote Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Besides his wife of 52 years, Dolores, survivors include a sister-in-law, Joan Scott; a brother-in-law, James Vermeulen; nieces and nephews, Lori (Darren) Gough, Sheri (David) Mills, Lisa (Mitch) Gudmundson, Craig (Melissa) Scott, John, Eric (Andrea), Brian (Rebecca), and Aaron (Brandy) Vermeulen; great-nieces and nephews, Mackenzi, Shane, and Sam Mills, Stephanie and Ryan Gough, Audrey and Hank Gudmundson, Abby and Allison Scott, Mali, Kali, Riley, Jake, Griffin, Owen and Ellie Vermeulen; great-great-niece, Mylah Tibbet and one on the way; and numerous cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Laura Jane Stone; grandparents, Marion and Laura Russell; In-Laws, Al and Mary Vermeulen; brother-in-law, Don Scott; brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Vermeulen.
A memorial service will be conducted by the family at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Burial with military honors provided by Fayette County Veterans Council will follow at Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Head Start or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.