William Joseph Stoner, Sr. of Laurel, Maryland passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 76, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Sandy; his loving children, Bill Jr. of Laurel and Cathi Madden (Kevin) of Eugene Oregon; his beloved grand-daughters, Kerry Elizabeth and Julie Erin Madden; his brother Dan and baby sister Mary Ann Gover (Bill) as well as a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; also, his cherished furry son, Rudy.
Mr. Stoner was preceded in death by his parents Ruthie and Rollie Stoner, his brothers Larry, Jim and Bobby.
He graduated from Laurel High School in 1961 and joined the Air Force in 1962, serving until 1966. He traveled all over the world, doing four overseas tours, including to England and Japan. Following his discharge from the service, he began working for NSA in 1966, from where he retired after 50 years.
In 1967, Mr. Stoner married the love of his life, Sandy, and the two of them lived happily ever after in the home he grew up in.
Mr. Stoner led a full and fruitful life, helping others in any way he could. The list of his accomplishments is extensive. He ran with the Rescue Squad from 1966-1969. He acted as chaplain for many years with American Legion Post 60. He started Laurel Literacy and taught many to read. He was a member of Howard County Neighbor Ride, an active member of his church, Resurrection of Our Lord, where he performed the duty of lector and where he taught religious education for years. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mr. Stoner participated in Sarah’s House, Our Daily Bread and Md Games. He served on the Fourth of July committee. Among his accomplishments, he counted his participation in the Hogettes his proudest.
Bill was a character and made many 15 minute life-long friends; meaning he never met a stranger who didn’t become a lifelong friend. He was active until the day he died, never letting a minute pass when he wasn’t helping someone or enjoying his time and daily walks with his dog, Rudy. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Viewing will be at Donaldson Funeral Home in Laurel, Maryland, on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. There will be a viewing on Saturday, February 8, from 10-11 a.m. at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, followed by the funeral mass at 11:00. Interment will immediately follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. A repast will be held at Resurrection of Our Lord church hall after the interment.
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