Gene Stone, age 76 of Kadoka, S.D., died Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Eldon “Gene” Stone was born October 22, 1935, in Wiggins, Colo., the son of Eldon A. and Lois T. (Sharp) Stone. He attended high school in Kadoka, graduating from Kadoka High School in 1953.
Gene was united in marriage to Barbara Hedeen on June 8, 1953, in Rapid City. He entered the United States Army in 1954, where he worked as a radar tech. He was honorably discharged on April 5, 1956. After his honorable discharge, Gene attended college and received his bachelor of science degree in education in 1960, and a masters’ degree in education and administration in 1971.
Gene’s love of sports and kids was evident in his many years of coaching football, basketball, track and cross-country in numerous places in South Dakota, culminating in Kadoka working for and getting an all-weather track. His advice to all of his students “Whatever you do in life, do it to the best of your ability.”
In addition to his love of many sports, Gene was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Kadoka; five sons, Bill Stone of Kadoka, Cliff Stone of Kadoka, Jody Stone and his wife, Sunday, of Hot Springs, Jerome “Zeke” Stone of Kadoka, Brad Stone and his wife, Kristi, of Kadoka; three daughters, Chris Cope and her husband, Drew, of Evanston, Wyo., Cathy Stone of Kadoka and Laurie Prichard and her husband, Cleve, of Kadoka; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dick Stone and his wife, Joanne, of Rapid City, and Roland Stone and his wife, Alice, of Rapid City; one sister, Joyce Lathan of San Antonio, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Peggy Stone; and a grandson, Todd Prichard.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, and one hour preceding the services on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Interment with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com