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La Grande, Oregon
Wilson Jack Stone, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 1. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

Wilson was born Nov. 24, 1913, to Benjamin and Byrdie Stone in Paris, Texas. He was one of 10 children and had a twin brother, Nolan, who preceded him in death. He spent his childhood traveling with his family picking crops throughout the states.

Wilson married Esther Collie, and they had three sons before divorcing. In the early 1940s, he moved to La Grande where he worked at the Mount Emily Lumber Co., now Boise Cascade.

On Jan. 19, 1949, Wilson married Lola Williamson. Between them, they had six children.

He and Lola lived in the Anderson/Redding area of California from 1951 to 2001. He was a mill worker for Ralph L. Smith Lumber Co., which was later taken over by Kimberly Clark Corp.

Wilson loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and four-wheeling. He was still fishing and four-wheeling into his 90s. He loved gardening and produced a vegetable garden every year until he was 91. He always had a story or a joke to tell.

Survivors include his wife, Lola of Clarkston; children, Dean Stone and Jim Stone, both of La Grande, Donna Satran of Redding, Calif., and Betty Davis of Clarkston; siblings, Vince Stone and Jack Stone, both of California, Mary Loveland of Washington, Iva Reynan of Medford and Wayne Stone of Jacksonville; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Alton Stone and Robert Medrud.

La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 23, 2007 Published: June 23, 2007

Transcribed by Dixie Ricker

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