SUN CITY, ARIZ. — Robert K. Stone, a well-known feed merchandiser, died June 26. He was 95 years old.
A longtime resident of Overland Park, Kas., Mr. Stone moved to Sun City later in life.
Mr. Stone began working in his hometown of Kansas City at the age of 14 with the untimely death of his father. After a stint as a postal telegraph boy, he began work at Standard Milling Co., beginning a career in commodities that would last for decades.
Following service in the U.S. Army during World War II (where he achieved the rank of major), Mr. Stone joined The Pillsbury Co. in 1951 as a millfeed merchandiser. He was promoted to the position of division manager for the United States and Canada, before retiring in 1978. During his tenure at Pillsbury he moved to Hamburg, Germany, for a time to open European Operations for Pillsbury and held the position of general manager of European Operations.
Following his retirement from Pillsbury, Mr. Stone continued work as a full-time consultant for Vitamins, Inc., a maker of a range of nutritionally-dense products, including defatted wheat germ. His association with Vitamins continued until his passing.
Mr. Stone was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Esther M. Stone; and his sister, Helen Stone. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey D. and Dorothea B. Stone of North Andover, Mass.; granddaughters, Kathryn D. Stone of Boston, and Christina D. Stone of Washington; and his close friend and companion, Bernice Brown of Sun City, Ariz.
A memorial service will held at 10 a.m. on July 9 at The Forum at Desert Harbor in Peoria, Ariz. Interment will be at Rochester Cemetery in Topeka, Kas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org/dm) 3877 North 7th St, Phoenix, AZ, 85014; or Homes for Our Troops (www.homesforourtroops.org) 6 Main St, Taunton, MA 02780.