MADISON- John T. Stone of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, after a 10 plus year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
He was 80 years old. John was born on 7/13/1933, in Denver, Colorado, to Dr. John Timothy Stone, Presbyterian minister of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Ill., and Marie Briggs Stone, daughter of one of the founders of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
John attended Francis W. Parker High School in Chicago; Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico; Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., in 1955 with a B.A. degree in Journalism & Theater Arts. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (named outstanding fraternity man for year 1953-54), Omicron Delta Kappa (national men's leadership honorary), on the Hurricane (college newspaper feature editor), and listed in "Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities" 1954-55.
After graduating he joined the Army and trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He was then assigned to Ft. Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland at the Army Intelligence Agency. While there, he was chosen to represent Ft. Holabird at an interservice dinner held aboard the USS Leyte aircraft carrier to Annapolis, Md. He was chosen on the basis of "efficiency, military bearing, personality and appearance". After his service in the Army he joined Household Finance Corporation Training Program in Chicago, Ill. And eventually moved to Madison, Wisc.
During the 1970s, John was a pioneer in the adventure travel industry, working to develop resorts and recreation centered businesses in Wisconsin, Colorado, Honduras, and Kenya. In the 1980's he embarked on a career as a writer, publishing several novels. In the 1990's, John found an interest in antiques and the secondary art market which led him to write a syndicated news column and run multiple booths in small antique shops at southern Wisconsin antique malls.
Throughout his life, John was active and adventurous. He loved outdoor activities, particularly fishing and hunting. He never passed up an opportunity to try new things.
He is survived by Judith Stone and their twin sons, John T. Stone III (Nancy), and George W.B. Stone (Shawna); a brother, Dr. George Stone (Eileen); grandchildren, John T. Stone IV, Nicole Schumacher (Colten), Kaitlyn Hashek (Michael), Brittney Stone, Brianne Ediger, and Hailey Ediger; great-grandson, Grayson Hashek; a niece, Heather Martin; and nephew, Timothy Stone.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. John T. Stone; and mother, Marie Briggs Stone.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimers @ Dementia Alliance of Wisc., 517 N. Segoe Rd., Madison, WI, 53705.
The family also wants to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Sunny Hill Health Care Center on Nakoma Road for their outstanding care and compassion.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014, at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road. A celebration of life will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com