William E. “Bill” Stoner

January 20, 1933 ‒ July 03, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  Bill Stoner was more than a coach and teacher; he was in the profession of using integrity and sportsmanship to transform young athletes into men. A father figure to many, he led with compassion, and when he saw a need, Bill “didn’t know how to say ‘no’.”

Bill passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 86.

Born January 20, 1933 in Massillon to Everett and Mary (Boing) Stoner, he was graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 1951. He earned his BA in Education from the College of Wooster, where he was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame, earning nine athletic letters in football, basketball and baseball. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Kent State University.

His career in education started in the new consolidation school of Waynedale High School, Apple Creek, in 1955, where he taught and coached ten years.

In 1965 he accepted a position with Lexington Local Schools. In the following 25 years, Bill coached football, wrestling, and track, served as athletic director, teacher, and driving instructor to generations of Lexington students. Bill was proud of how well the Lexington Athletic program developed, and how the Boosters saw a vision for better facilities for the athletes. During his tenure, Lexington athletics, and a stadium with lights, came to full bloom.

A member of Christ Lutheran Church, Bill taught Sunday school and served on church council.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Marge (McQueen) Stoner; their children Bruce (Marsha) Stoner of Springfield, Karen Freeman of Mansfield, Keith (Lisa) Stoner of Mansfield, and Cyndi (Chris) Pastor of Simsbury, CT; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a sister Shirley Widing of Massillon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law Bill Freeman; a grandson Michael Freeman; and a sister Wanda Schubert.

The Stoner family will receive guests Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will speak. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory to the Lexington Athletic Department may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stoner family. Share with them a memorable “Bill” moment, or word of support – and watch his tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • My deepest sympathy to the Stoner Family. I truly admired Coach Stoner both as a coach and a teacher. A very good man, he will be missed.

  • My deepest condolences to Mr. Stoner’s family. He was a fun teacher, a gentle man, and a great inspiration.

  • My condolences to the Stoner family. Mr. Stoner was an inspirational teacher and a truly great man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Heartfelt condolences to the Stoner family. He will always be remembered with great fondness.

  • I graduated in 1967 and had Coach Stoner for Drivers Ed/Psychology. My favorite of all my teachers. Loved his smile and always made even a boring subject interesting. RIP Coach you will be missed.

  • Bill was undoubtably was one of the finest gentlemen i knew. . As a teacher , & coach but above all a gentle person who deserves all the respects he fan receive.. Sorry for his wife & family , prays !

  • To the Stoner family,
    He taught me to drive and he was my Psychology teacher in High School. I was going through a difficult time and always told me I had an amazing smile! He lifted me up and my paper I wrote he told me he was moved. Mr Stoner was an amazing teacher and friend to my family. I will always remember him. Prayers and comfort during this difficult time.

    Sheryl Dove Lehnhart

  • My deepest condolences to the Stoner family. Me. Stoner taught me how to drive and made it fun. He had the best sense of humor. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • I fondly remember “Coach’s” humor and wit. His conveyed wisdom has continued to be one of the guiding influences in my life. I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

    Jack Mong

  • Coach Stoner impacted so many of us, in so many ways . How blessed
    we all are to know he will visit us all many more times in our MEMORIES
    OF HIM !!! Rest In Peace COACH. !!!

  • Deepest condolences to the Stoner family on the loss of your loved one. He was a fine gentleman, an exceptional teacher and coach, and had a wonderful sense of humor that carries on with many of us to this very day.

  • Although he was never my coach he was a friend, it seemed like every time I got back to big Lex I would cross paths with him ,breakfast, lunch ect. he was my friend and a friend to the whole Zirkel family we will all miss him, all my sympathy. Jim Zirkel

  • What a wonderful teacher Mr Stoner was. He made each class entertaining. Condolences to the family.

  • What a wonderful teacher Mr Stoner was. He made each class entertaining. Condolences to the family.

  • To Bill’s family I extend sincerest condolences. Bill was a neighbor,baseball team mate and friend at the College of Wooster. We used to warm up together before we went to the Baseball field. Marge, you know your next “hello” will be for eternity with Bill.

  • Close friend to my parents, teacher/coach to my siblings and I, fellow church members, pillar in the community…all this and full of “wit”, humor, class, humor, generostity… I could go on and on. One in a million, you will be missed, but forever loved and treaured. Condolences to Marge and the family. Thank you for everything you were and are!

  • Dear Marge, Karen, Keith, Cyndi, and Bruce,

    Karen and I were saddened to see that Bill had passed away. We do take solice in the fact that he is no longer in pain. We also know how proud he was of his family.
    As a teacher he was the consummate professional. We also remember his “Stonerism’s” my favorite being “Don’t applaud, just throw money.” Out oldest daughter and her classmates did organize a penny roll and executed it the next time he used it in class.
    We will miss him but will take joy from having known him.

    Lou and Karen Novak

  • Graduated in 1966, but remember Mr. Stoner well. Condolences to the family and prayers for comfort. RIP Bill.

  • Dear Karen and family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Your dad as we all know, was a great man. He will be missed by many.
    I hope you find peace in knowing he is at rest with the Lord.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Terry and Kathie Mong

  • Dear Karen and family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Your dad as we all know, was a great man. He will be missed by many.
    I hope you find peace in knowing he is at rest with the Lord.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Terry and Kathie Mong

  • Marge and family,
    We are deeply saddened today. Coach was one of the best individuals that I have ever known and I was lucky enough to have him as my football coach. He taught so much more than the game of football. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
    RIP Coach

    Bob and Jan Reel

  • Condolences to the Stoner family at this time coach Stoner was my favorite awesome awesome man!!!

  • I’m sorry for your loss . Cyndi, I’m thinking about all the fun times we’ve had at church and over the years together in times gone by. Thanks for our friendship! Your dad was so nice and caring! Thinking of you all ! Christine Ehrensberger Hall

  • To the Stoner family,

    Mr. Stoner, as I always called him out of deserving respect, was a great man and a great gardener. He was also very good friends with my dad Stan Lammon. I will always remember Mr. Stoner’s garden at Christ Lutheran Church, full of the most amazing potato rows I have ever seen (and lots of them). I often wondered how his family could eat so many potatoes. I graduated with Mr. Stoner’s son Keith who is also a great guy and a wonderful father (and an ok basketball time keeper…. haha). Coach Stoner is gone from our site, but never from our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss. Wes and Pam Lammon

  • To the entire Stoner family,
    My heartfelt condolences to each one of you during this time. Mr Stoner was an amazing teacher, man and later in my adult life, i was blessed and honored to call him a friend. He will always be remembered as my favorite teacher, and someone I will forever hold in my heart.

    Prayers to you during this time

  • What a truly great, lovely, funny man! I graduated in 1987 and had Mr. Stoner for psychology, driver’s ed, and he rescued me and many other “aides” from study hall! I still remember many things that he taught in class. High school, college, graduate school – he was hands down my favorite teacher.
    God bless your family as you remember this dear man.

  • What a legacy Bill left this world. A true gentleman,husband, father and teacher. Loved by so many of his students. He was my drivers training teacher and my friend. Marge I send you my sympathy. Love
    Polly Mitten Barnes, Waynedale, 1959.

  • “Mr. Stoner” was such a big part of my childhood … from early years through high school. So many great memories! From church to school, and lots of hanging out in the neighborhood in the summers. Lots of great memories around the Street Fair. He and my dad seemed to volunteer for everything!

    Deepest sympathy to Keith, Mrs. Stoner and the family.

    He was a great guy and an example for all of us.

    Mike Zuber

    • I did stats for the Lex basketball team my Jr and Sr year is High School (since I was short and couldn’t shoot…lol) … that was a time when Mr Stoner ran the clock and was the sideline official. We basically sat right behind hm at games. I remember he was so respected by the other officials, coaches and players. He just had a way of bringing integrity to everything he did…. and with a smile!

      • When I was a little kid, gee, must have been in the early 70’s, I remember going on the team bus with my dad to football games, and then going on Sunday or Monday nights to watch the game films my dad took with the coaches … Coach Stoner presiding over the reviews. That was great fun!

  • Bill is remembered as my first Football coach at Waynedale High School and the championship team of 1956. Bill has been a life long friend and supporter of “good cheese”,

    Bob Ramseyer

  • What a wonderful service this morning, with fine words spoken to celebrate the life of a great man! Little did I know as a kid that Bill was the brainchild behind “The Mouse Game” at the LEX Street Fair that I had forgotten until today! To me (whether I was a little Fox Road runt playing in the neighborhood, a Freshman or Sophomore P.E. student and ‘87 LEX graduate, or an educator and Head Boys Basketball Coach in later years), Bill Stoner was the epitome of a fun, kind and caring teacher, as well as a selfless volunteer and humble community leader! Through all of his many accomplishments, he never once told tales of his playing or coaching days, which he most definitely could have bragged upon. He always had an encouraging word for me when I was a student, a player and a coach. What a legacy Mr. Stoner has left to challenge us all to be better people, build stronger families, and create a better community!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Coach Stoner’s passing. He was a coach in so many ways, not just sports, but life! Marge, Bruce, Karen, Keith and Cindy, I know how hard it is to say good bye, but he is always in our hearts and never forgotten. He is, for so many, a memory that brings many smiles and always will! So very sorry!
    Jeff Charette

  • So sorry for your loss Karen, Megan, and Michelle.

    Jim, Emily, Gideon & Miri Cornett