Stone, Ronald2

Ronald Edward Stone

April 11, 1942 - April 4, 2018

Ronald E. Stone of McKinney, Texas passed away on April 4, 2018 at the age of 75.  He was born on April 11, 1942 to Harold Edward and Florence May (Sall) Stone in St. Louis, Missouri.  Ronald grew up in the Chicago, Illinois area where he graduated from Rich Township High School in Park Forest, Illinois.  He attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Ronald married Karen Anne Ward on June 19, 1965 in Park Forest, Illinois. He later attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Ronald worked for Chrysler following an honorable discharge from the United States Army.  In 1980, he began a career in commercial real estate in Wichita, Kansas.  Ronald moved his family to Dallas, Texas in 1983 where he had a private partnership continuing his career in commercial real estate until his retirement.  He was an avid golfer, outdoorsman, loved running marathons and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Karen Stone of McKinney, Texas; daughter, Cindy Barber and husband, Tony of Washington, Indiana; son, John Stone and wife, Erika of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Wyatt Barber, Ward Barber and Maxwell Stone; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ministry of the Imprisoned at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071 or It’s A Sensory World, 13617 Neutron Road, Farmers Branch, Texas 75244.

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In the end, everyone is aware of this: nobody keeps any of what he has, and life is only a borrowing of bones. -- Pablo Neruda.  My deepest condolences to all of you.  I have wonderful memories of Ron's laughter and zest for fun.  He was an incredibly generous man.  I am most thankful that Ron (and Karen) made it possible for me to have a best friend in life!  I am sorry I can't be there for the service, but have faith we will celebrate Ron's life this summer together.  Sending my love, Sarah
Sarah Fearn, April 18, 2018 My deepest condolences to Stone family. May the almighty Lord comfort you during this difficult time. May your beloved rest in God eternal peace. Julia Elias, April 12, 2018 Karen and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Ron's passing.  Take comfort that he's now home and enjoying hearing the phrase "Well done my good and faithful servant".  His (and Karen's) advocacy for prisoners is an inspiration to me and I thank the Lord for having known you both.  May the Souls of the Faithful departed, rest in Peace.  Amen, and may Perpetual Light shine upon him.
Pat LaCour, April 9, 2018 Dear Karen and Family, We are so sorry for your loss! Ron was such a bright light and the world seems dimmer now that he is not here with us! We share in your sorrow and please know that Ron will be greatly missed, we were blessed to know him! Ron was a tremendous inspiration to us and the other members of the Ministry to the Imprisoned! We so appreciate his passion for our imprisoned brothers and sisters, especially those on death rows everywhere! His tireless work for the imprisoned will always be remembered. While Ron is no longer here on this earth, I feel like the ministry along with the men and women on death rows have a great intercessor in heaven for them now! With heartfelt gratitude and sympathy, Kay & Alan Kay & Alan Leonard, April 9, 2018 Ron was a great neighbor and friend. So saddened to hear of his passing but uplifted by knowing he is with our Lord and Savior. Our prayers are with Karen, the children and grandchildren....God bless you! Suzanne & Gerald Sikes, April 6, 2018