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Obituary: William Irvin Stoner, North Vernon

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William Irvin Stoner, 91, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville, Indiana.

Mr. Stoner was born on November 11, 1921, in Indiana, the son of John and Jesse Stoner. He married Sara Virginia Hill on May 17, 1943, in Clay City, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2003.

Mr. Stoner owned and operated Stoner's Department Stores in North Vernon, Seymour, Rushville and Connersville for 50 years before retiring.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II,  was a member of North Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 59, F.&A.M., and the former North Vernon Presbyterian Church. He was a 1941 graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Indiana. He enjoyed watching basketball and working in his stores.

He is survived by his children, Merle I. Stoner and John Robert “Bobby” (Susie) Stoner, both of North Vernon, Indiana, and Beverly (Michael) Bowers of Noblesville, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Trent (Christine) Stoner of Nashville, Tennessee, Stacey (Mike) Thacker of Orlando, Florida, Jeffrey (June) Everett of Denver, Colorado, Jason (Sky) Everett of Sellersburg, Indiana, Jennifer (Peter) Sampson of Madison, Wisconsin, Ben Stoner of Greenwood, Indiana, and Sara Stoner of Boston, Massachusetts; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters and seven brothers.

Funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana, with the Rev. Bob Weeks officiating. Friends may call at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Entombment will be at the Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Memorials may be made through Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services to Our Hospice of Jennings County.

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