Charles Stone passed away the morning of Feb. 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 in the summer 1927 to Christian and Annie (Galasen) Stone. The family moved to Everett, 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 Mount 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 Wars 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 loved 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, KS 66675-8517.
A Celebration of Life in Chuck’s honor will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 11 a.m., at Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, with a reception to follow. A private interment at Maple Leaf Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. Please visit Chuck’s page in the Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to leave condolences and share memories.