SPRINGFIELD – John Cushing Stone, 69, of Springfield died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his whole family.
He was born September 14, 1940, to Arthur Harold and Helen Orlena Enders Stone. He married Sunny Nielsen on June 20, 1964, at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. They were married 46 happy years.
John was a passionate family man, a devoted husband, father and papa to his surviving wife, Sunny, daughters, Amy Stone Kellogg of Rockford, IL and Heather (Alex) Stone Grieves of Germantown Hills, IL; 6 grandchildren, Madeleine & Holden Kellogg of Rockford, Kaitlyn, Alexis, Nicole and Christopher Grieves of Germantown Hills, IL; his twin sister, Linda Stone Anderson of Marathon, FL; and nieces and nephews, Brent Stone of Florida, Kimberly Stone Anderson of Normal, IL, John C. Anderson of Washington, IL and Whitney L. Waller of Eatonville, WA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, William Enders Stone.
Mr. Stone was a resident of Winnetka, Illinois for 34 years and then retired to Lake Springfield, where he loved to spend time with his family and friends participating in water activities. He was an active member of Cherry Hills Baptist Church; Sigma NU, serving as a regional officer; Springfield Motor Boat Club; Vintage MG Car Club of Chicago; Antique Car Club of Springfield; was past president of Chicago Industrial Council; and was a former member of the Island Bay Yacht Club. John was an enthusiast about antique cars and enjoyed restoring them. He enjoyed renovating every house he lived in and considered it a hobby. He was a graduate of New Trier High School and Bradley University. He was owner of Do-All Finishing Company, Inc., and also Rotatory and Rack Company, where he invented an industrial finishing machine. Both were family companies.
A memorial gathering will be at 3 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, at Cherry Hills Baptist Church. Memorial service at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at Springfield Motor Boat Club to celebrate John’s wonderful life. Pastor Gary Nelson will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Cherry Hills Baptist Church.
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