Richard Dale Stone (known to most as Dale Stone) passed away peacefully at his home in Buell-ton, CA on Monday, August 27, 2018 with family at his bedside. He was 79 years of age at his passing, having bravely contended with Parkinson's Disease the majority of his retirement years. A dear husband, father and grandpa, his absence is an aching grief, his life a beautiful memory.
Born October 7, 1938 in Jerseyville, IL, the second of four boys & a daughter, to Raymond and Freda (Hyde) Stone, he grew up in Jerseyville & Alton Illinois (where, it's been told, you had to walk 2 miles uphill in the snow, both ways, to school & home…). After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving 6 years active/reserves. He last served at Edwards AFB, CA and thereafter visited his brother Tom in Buellton, CA (who served at Vandenberg AFB). A portion of a winter in Illinois later, Dale & best friend Louis Weller were the newest residents of the Santa Ynez Valley. A very short time thereafter sweetheart Janet Stone came for a vacation — to which she never returned — and they married July 21, 1962 at First Baptist Church in Sol-vang. While living/working as a cowboy at the Alisal Ranch they had their daughter, Allison, in 1964. While a relatively short period of years, these very memorable years at the Alisal Ranch had a profound impact carried forward always. Many may also remember Dale from his con-struction years in the SY Valley and throughout the SB & SLO Counties when he worked for Phil Larsen Construction, A J Diani & Granite Construction over the next several decades prior to his retiring in 2001.
In addition to being a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, Dale was always busy doing something, usually outdoors: from hunting to working on the cars, the yard/rosebushes/fruit trees, or helping someone move, recycling (waaay before it was main-stream), to camping, sightseeing, metal-detecting and the ‘honey-do' list. But his greatest per-sonal passion was his fishing. Whether in a boat with fishing buddies, on the Gaviota Pier, or along the surf — if he was fishing, he was in a happy and fulfilled place. There weren't that many tales of ‘the one that got away' because they usually didn't get away…
Dale will be lovingly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet; daughter, Allison & son-in-law, Al; and granddaughter, Brianna; as well as his brothers, Carl & Nick; his sister, Linda; and sister-in-law Dot Stone. He is preceded in death by by his brother, Tom, and his parents, Raymond and Freda.
Dad didn't like hospitals, churches, or funerals - because of their association with death, he al-ways said. He requested there be no funeral service - a request we debated, but have honored. In lieu thereof, his family requests sharing fond memories of Dale with them by mail: 91 Six Flags Circle, Buellton CA 93427 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.