E. Garrett Stone passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 in Peoria, IL. Garrett was the son of Ernest W. Stone and Mabel A. (Schmitt) Stone. He married Grace Earlene Phillips in Paducah, KY on August 25, 1956. She passed away on December 21, 1999. He later married Margaret J. Damm in Peoria on May 29, 2005 and she survives him.
Garrett is survived by one son, David K. Stone (Carole) of Yorba Linda, CA; two daughters, Susan E. Pinson (Kent) of Edmond, OK, and Linda A. Stone of Atlanta, GA; one brother, Peter (Nancy) of Fort Myers, FL; two grandchildren, a niece, a nephew and three cousins.
Also surviving are four step-children, Leslie P. Tate (Perry) of Peoria Heights, IL, Eric C. Damm of Caledonia, MI, Jay D. Damm (Mary Beth) of Tinley Park, IL, and James A. Damm (Maureen) of Austin, TX; and three step-grandchildren.
Garrett was a graduate of Peoria High School and later received a B.A. Degree from Principia College (1950) and a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois (1954). He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. After infantry basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned to the 6th Armored Division Public Information Office until his release in November, 1952.
He was employed by First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Peoria; Provident Federal Savings and Loan of Peoria: and Sears Roebuck Regional Accounting Center in East Peoria. He was a part-time finance instructor at Illinois Central College and an active free-lance writer. During his senior year of high school he began part-time sports reporting for the Peoria Journal Transcript newspaper.
After his retirement from the business world, Garrett was a volunteer with Opera Illinois in Peoria. He was a supernumerary (non-singing part) in productions of "Aida" (1990), "Othello" (1992), "La Boheme" (1994), "Die Fledermaus" (2004), and "La Traviata" (2005).
Garrett and his wife supported various local community organizations including W.D. Boyce Boy Scouts Council, Peoria Civic Opera and Guild, Peoria Area Civic Chorale, the 2007 Peoria Public Library Referendum Drive, Peoria Public Radio and TV stations WCBU and WTVP, and Corn Stock Theatre. Garrett was a member of the Delta Rho Alumni Association of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also enjoyed SilverSneakers classes at the local Family YMCA on a regular basis.
Cremation has been accorded and inurnment will be later in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, IL. Services are pending at this time.
Family wishes not to receive flowers. Instead, memorial contributions may be made to Second Church of Christ, Scientist, 7020 N. Mt. Hawley Road, Peoria, IL 61614, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, 101 State Street, Peoria, IL 61602, or Peoria Public Radio WCBU, 1501 W. Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625.
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