Richard J. Stoner Jr. was born September 3rd, 1931 in Aurora, Colorado. He died from complications of COVID-19 on July 6th, 2020. He was a proud Colorado native and a tried and true Broncos fan. Richard was a graduate of The University of Colorado and loved the Buffaloes. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard Sr. and Mildred Stoner and his 2nd wife, Marilyn. He is survived by Eileen, his wife of 21 years and Connie, his first wife of 28 years. He leaves behind his brother Ed Stoner (Sarah), his sister Terri White, and three children, David Stoner (Kathy Knodt), Becky Carr (Jim Fromi), and Paula Kittay (Kelly Murphy). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren Charity (Paul), Amanda, Todd (Sarah), Julie, Josh and Riley, 3 great grandchildren Aidan, Chase and Hudson. And 5 step-children.
Richard served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955 where he saw combat in the Korean conflict earning a Purple Heart. He worked at Martin Marietta for over 30 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for 31 years and held every position available. He worked at Mariana Buttes Golf Course in Loveland in his retirement.
He was an avid Golfer, Bowler, Pool Shooter and Poker player. Richard memorized the words to several poems and songs and could recite them accurately. He was even able to recite Casey at the Bat and The Ragged Old Flag, three days before he died. He was often the life of the party and always entertaining. He had many friends and was loved by everyone who knew him.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Drinkwine Family Chapel with burial to follow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 2:30 P.M. (staging area "B") with full military honors. A Celebration of Life will then take place at Waterton Tavern - 8361 North Rampart Range Road, Littleton, CO 80125.
Please feel free to wear Broncos attire or Hawaiian shirts to commemorate Richard's spirit.
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