Obituary for Charles Arnold Stone
1927 - 2018
Charles Stone passed away the morning of February 13,, 2018 with family by his side and his wife Carol holding his hand. He was blessed with a long life full of adventure and love.
Chuck was born in Minnesota the summer 1927 to Christian and Annie (Galasen) Stone. The family moved to Everett, WA, along with his siblings Frank, Ken, Clara, and Donna, when Chuck was 9 years old.
At age 18 Chuck joined the Army and served during the Allied Occupation of Germany. After his military service he went to school and trained to be an aircraft mechanic. In his chosen field, he worked for Alaska, Pacific Northern, Western, and Delta Airlines.
Shortly after leaving the army he married Elsie Thomas. Together they had three children; Michael, Dennis, and Donna. Elsie and Chuck divorced in 1972.
When he was employed at Western Airlines Chuck met and married the love of his life and best friend, Carol Watson. Together they traveled the world, built their dream home on Whidbey Island (in full view of the Skagit Bay and Mt. Baker), enjoyed golfing and skiing, and spent several winters traveling in their RV to the many golf courses in the southern United States.
Chuck was a perfectionist in everything he did, from building houses to playing golf, bowling, skiing, his other hobbies, and work. He joined the Whidbey Cruzers Car Club originally owning a 1974 Dodge Charger and restored a 1966 A100 Dodge pickup, both winning several trophies.
Chuck was a member of the North Whidbey Sportsman Association, Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign War, and the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge #2362. He believed in God and was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Surviving Chuck are his wife, six children, 16 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Donna, and two grandsons, Cameron and Shayde.
Chuck and Carol have loving relationships with their combined families. Steve, Donna, Dave, and Jeanne came into a loving and lifelong friendship with his children and he loves all of them. The Stone family suggests memorials to The Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Contact may also be made by phone at 877.832.6997, or by mail by downloading a donation form from the website and mailing to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.
A Celebration of Life in Chuck’s honor will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11 am, at Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA, with a reception to follow. A private interment took place at Maple Leaf Cemetery.