Dr. Williams R. Stone, Jr.__________________________
Williams R. “Bill” Stone, Jr., age 70, died on May 28, 2014, at the hospital hospice in Lincoln, Neb., with his wife Louise by his side. He died of lung failure.
Bill was born at Philip, S.D., on October 9, 1943. He was the first of five children born to Bill and Sylvia (Davis) Stone. He attended grade school in Rapid City and graduated from high school in Wall in 1961.
Bill, Jr. met his future wife, Louise, when she was working at Wall. He and Louise were married on June 6, 1964. Bill left his parents’ ranch at old Pedro to attend college. During college, Bill taught for a blind professor and many students believed Bill was the professor. His was the first class to earn a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Bill, Jr. worked a couple of years for the Nebraska Correctional System before starting a 40 year private practice in Lincoln. He was often called by the state as an expert witness in court proceedings.
Bill, Jr. dedicated his life helping people better understand themselves and the world they lived in.
Bill, Jr. leaves his wife, Louise, of 50 years; two children, William III and Sara; along with five grandchildren, three living in Lincoln and two in North Aurora, Ill. He is also survived by three brothers, John Ralph of Rapid City, Guy Evans of Yankton, and David Luke of Spearfish; and one sister, Susan Marie, of Chamberlain.
Private burial will occur on June 6 (their wedding anniversary) at the Rose Family Cemetery, north of Wall.