Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
George Franklin Stoner, 88, Celina, went to be with his heavenly Father at 8:45 p.m. May 6, 2013, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
He was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Liberty Township, to George Sr. and Sarah Cordier Stoner. On Sept. 9, 1951, she married Frances M. Shellabarger, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, James (Cheryl) Stoner of Celina, John (Bobbi) Stoner of Celina, Jerry (Angela) Stoner of Celina and Thomas (Julie) Stoner of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Donna (Raymond) May of Celina and Deanna (Jim) Miller of Celina; a brother, Edwin (Yvonne) Stoner of Celina; a sister, Mary Riley of Convoy; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by three brothers, Russell Ferguson, Lester Ferguson and David Stoner; four sisters, Carolyn Sue VanTilburg, Rose Ann Stoner, Madonna Stoner and Lenore Hawkins; and one grandchild.
He was a retired farmer and a U.S Navy veteran of World War II. He was a former county ASCS Service Agency field reporter, a NAU Crop Insurance Adjuster for the state, and served on the Celina School Board.
He also served on the Soil and Water Conservation Board of Mercer County, was president of the Mercer County Pork Producers and a 1951 State Plow Champion in the Ohio Conference. He was an elder, teacher and superintendent at Mt. Carmel Church of God.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Revs. Mark Wakeland and Mike Spencer officiating.
Burial with military rites will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be given to State of the Heart Hospice and Parkinson's Association.
Condolences may be left at www.ciscofuneralhome.com.