Richard “Dick” Stone

August 30, 1945 ‒ July 14, 2017

Bellville, Ohio


BELLVILLE:  Richard “Dick” Stone, age 71 of Bellville, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 in his home following a brief illness.

He was born August 30, 1945 in Mansfield, the son of Howard W. and May (Wheatley) Stone and was graduated from Bellville High School in 1963.  Dick was also a 1971 graduate of Manchester University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education.

Richard served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, and also in the Army Reserves.  He was a member of AMVETS Post #43, where he enjoyed spending time with many of his friends.

He worked as a meat cutter locally at the former Hitchman’s Market and Stoodts, however, art was his passion.  A talented painter, Dick sold several paintings and was proud to have his work on display at the Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society.

Richard is survived by his twin brother and sister-in-law Robert and Phyllis Stone of Sanford, NC, a sister Phyllis Hobson of Bellville; nieces and nephews Scott Hobson, Beth Hobson and Jason Stone, along with many aunts, uncles and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Although no public service will be held in Richard’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way.

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  • so sorry for your lose , may god comfort you and your family Ed and i Marcie and Kayla brook use to rent from cousin jay red brick house across Richard’s place, Kayla 18 now but when she was smaller she use to shovel his walk and steps then tried to get away before he catch her cause he would pay her for doing it, he was a good person he’ll be sadly miss

    • Thank you for your kind words about Dick
      We appreciate how Kayla helped with the snow. He was sicker than any one knew

  • The name Dick Stone to many Presbyterians over the age of 65 brings back memories of many positive and “fun” activities. Dick and his former wife, Pat<,were co leaders-founders of one of the largest young adult Sunday School classes (Maranatha) in the over 100 year history of the Bellville Presbyterian Church. The class was always well attended, weather held in the church, after a 120 mile bike trip to Old Man's Cave, at a Sunday afternoon Browns game and even at their street-side Bellville apartment overlooking "Bellings" and some great snow ball battles. A truly fun and spiritual growth era! The mild-mannered Dick Stone was always a deep thinker and well read, would be a major contributor to every discussion.

    We are saddened this morning of learning of his passing and our very sincere condolences to his family .

    • Dear Jerry and Jan,
      Thanks for the kind thoughts about Dick. Phyllis and I really enjoyed our time that we spent together. You guys were very important to Dick

  • Bob,

    Sorry to read of the loss of your brother in today’s newspaper. May God comfort the grieving. Can still remember, quite well, the 12 years we all spent together at Bellville School. Good memories.

    God Bless,
    Doc Shaffer

    • Doc,
      Thanks for remembering Dick and I sure do remember the Bellville School experience

  • Bob, we send our sympathy to you and the rest of the family. Doc is right. What wonderful memories we have of the Bellville High School class of ’63. Rest in peace to our classmate and friend.

  • Bob

    The memories come flooding back of esp. our high school years with you and Dick. So many great times and a few growing pains along the way. We are thankful Dick knew the Lord and know in our hearts we will see him again someday. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Steve and Karen Titus

  • Bob,

    I am saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. My condolances to you and the rest of your family. I will definitely remember some good times with Dick, especially our high school plays. He was a “good guy”.

    With sympathy,
    Bonnie Baker

  • Many memories come flooding back of Grace Brethren youth group. May the Lord comfort you as only He, the God of all comfort, can do. My brother died before he hit his 71st birthday. I am so thankful that he had trusted Christ as Savior just months before his passing.
    God bless you,
    Les and Ruth Vnasdale

  • Dear Bob and Phyllis
    So sorry for your lose. May your memories of great times together sustain you through this period of mourning.
    As other’s have mentioned, I have fond memories of Dick from our days in school together, especially band and plays, and many other memories come to mind as I reflect on Dick. He always had a great sense of humor and in years after our graduation we’d have very interesting conversations. He always had great things to add to a conversation regardless of the topic.
    I know how difficult it is to lose a sibling, however I imagine that it must be more difficult to lose a twin. You are both in my thoughts.
    Karen Hall Geizer

  • I am proud to have known Dick as a compassionate, creative, caring man and will long treasure the memories of that friendship. May the blessings of a peaceful eternity be with you my friend.

  • Dear Phyllis and Bob & family,

    I was very sorry to hear from my brother Mike about Dick’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Dick was a very thoughtful man, and I will always have many good memories of him in school, band, and plays. He was my friend, and I shall miss him.