James R. Stone, Jr.October 28, 1925 ~ December 21, 2017 (age 92)
Rhinebeck – James R. Stone, Jr., 92, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the Northern Dutchess Hospital.
Jim was a lifelong Rhinebeck resident. The son of James R. Stone, Sr. and Lula White Stone, he was born October 28, 1925 in Rhinebeck. He attended Rhinebeck Central Schools and entered the Marine Corps in 1943. He served from 1943 to 1946 with the 5th Artillery Battalion where he along with many other’s fought in the battle for Okinawa.
After the War he returned to Rhinebeck and worked for Shroeder & Gunther Music Publishing for 13 years; following that time he worked 23 years for Western Printing in Poughkeepsie. Jim also spent many years buying and restoring homes with his brother-in-law Gordon Cotting.
He is a life member of the American Legion Post #429 where he served as 2nd Vice Commander, 1st Vice Commander, and Commander of the Legion Post #429. He also served as a chairman of many committees such as Children and Youth, Boys State, Boy Scouts, the American Legion Scholarship Committee and Building committees. For 40 years, he was a color guard commander and sergeant-at-arms and the last 25 years Post Service Officer.
Jim also served the Dutchess County American Legion as Vice Commander, Treasurer, the Children and Youth chairman, and many other committees. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post # 9255 where he was Post Service Officer. He is also a life member of the Rhinecliff Volunteer Fire Department where he was a member of many committees. Additionally, Jim helped whenever possible with the local Boy Scout Troops.
On February 22, 1947 he married his high school sweetheart Evelyn Thatcher in Rhinebeck; during their 70 years of marriage they raised three children, and enjoyed traveling, camping and hosting backyard parties at their home with family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter Jayne Stone of Lebanon, NH; two grandsons, James (Susan) Stone of Woodbridge, VA and Timothy Stone of Hamburg, Germany; two great grandchildren Mackenzie and Finn; a sister Dolores, and her husband Anthony Putorti of Rhinebeck; a sister Irene Callaghan of Rhinebeck as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sons James R. Stone, III and John T. Stone; and his sister Janet Cotting and her husband Gordon; and his brother in law Norman Callaghan.
Calling hours are Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. The Rhinecliff Fire Dept. will offer services at 5:45 PM and the Montgomery Post #429 will offer services at 6 PM.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 28th, at 11: 00 AM at the funeral home.
Burial with Military Honors presented by the Montgomery Post #429 Honor Guard and the Marine Corps Honor Guard will follow in the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in honor of Jim can be made to the American Legion Post #429, PO Box 429, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.
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