Raymond O. Stone, 85, of Springville, PA passed peacefully Wednesday, January 13, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born November 8, 1935 in Springville, PA, he was the son of the late Searle C. and Florence A. Stone.
Driven by a strong work ethic and starting at a young age he was a truck driver, quarryman, and later in life, a custodian at the Elk Lake School. Throughout his life though, he remained devoted to his passion of farming, first as a dairy farmer and then in later years, raising cattle. He was genuine, caring and a lover of all animals and people. He was quick to lend a listening ear and a helping hand and gathered many dear friends of all ages throughout his lifetime. He was admired for his giving spirit and friendliness. Often accused of over feeding his animal friends, none of them complained, especially his fat and happy cows. He was the first in line for square dancing and had a tie waiting for every occasion. He loved dancing with his wife, and they could “cut the rug” better than most. His wife of 55 years treasures their lifetime of love and for the beautiful children they created. He will be deeply missed by his loving family.
Survivors include his adoring wife, Thanna, whom he loving called “Manda” M. [Stanford] Stone, daughters, Susan “Sue” Lanesey [David] of Harwinton , CT, and, Deborah “Deb” Brown [Robert J.] of Tunkhannock, PA, a son, Raymond “Scott” Stone [Megan] of Tunkhannock, PA; grandchildren, Kayla, Aidan, Avery, Stone, and Caleigh; great grandchildren, Delos, and Dionne; his sister-in-law, April “Dawn” Thompson of Springville, PA; nieces, Terri and Kim; nephews; Donny, Dale, Adam, Sean, and Jason.
He is predeceased by his parents and brothers, William and Searle, sister in law Florence and niece and right-hand lady, Sally.
Visitation: 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, January 17th at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA. All are welcome. Masks, social distancing and greeting guidelines will be followed.
Services: Private due to COVID-19 restrictions. A celebration of his life will be held on his farm this summer. Details forthcoming. Please leave contact information on website below for invitation.
Because of his fondness for the Elk Lake School District and the many friends young and old he made there; a scholarship fund has been created in his name to support the hard-working students of tomorrow within the community that he loved. Remembrance and scholarship donation information can be found at https://RaymondOStone.com