John "Doc" Stone, 82, of Huron, passed away peacefully with his children by his side on March 30, 2013, in Huron.
He was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Point Pleasant, W.Va., to Russell and Thelma Stone, where he attended the one room school house called “Dixie". He shot his first quail at the age of 9 with his granddad Logan.
At the age of 10 he moved with his mother and two brothers to Utica, Ohio. There he met his future wife Wanda and they graduated from Utica High School in 1948. He worked for Pittsburg Plate Glass in Mount Vernon, Ohio, until he joined the Army in 195I during the Korean War as a member of the Army Signal Corps at Fort Knox, Ky., until 1953.
He then married his high school sweetheart Wanda in August 1953, and moved to Huron in 1956.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1957 with a degree in science and physical education. He started teaching at Perkins High School as a science teacher and first football coach, driver’s education instructor and a first taxidermy class. He continued to work on his master’s degree, which he achieved in 1967. John had a very enjoyable teaching career at Perkins. He had an impact on his students, and many remember his "road-kill-stew" and "the wheel", until his retirement in 1985.
After retirement he spent a great deal of time pursuing the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and sightseeing. He traveled to all the states except Hawaii and all 10 provinces of Canada. He also enjoyed golfing and hit three holes-in-one in his lifetime.
John was a member of the American Legion, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, National Wild Turkey Federation, West Huron Youth
Club, North American Hunting Club, and was an Ohio Certified Seed Inspector.
He is survived by his son, Chris (Lisa) Stone, of Huron; daughter, Jennifer (Jim) Buzzard, of Huron; a brother, Russell Stone, of Utica; stepsister, Carolyn (Larry) Rine, of Newark, Ohio; sister-in-law, Carolyn Stone, of Utica; granddaughters, Heather, Regina and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Ezra, Daphne and Josephine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Debolt) Stone in 2003; brother, Howard (Sonny) Stone; stepbrother, Kenny Williams; stepfather, Leon Williams; mother, Thelma (Stone) Williams; and father, Russell Logan Stone.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, 410 Main Street, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Huron Helping Hand Food Pantry, (Lighthouse Church), 820 Cleveland Road East, Huron, OH 44839, or to Serving Our Seniors, 310 E. Boalt St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.