William Stone Obituary

William "Bill" L. Stone

October 21, 1940 - May 15, 2022
Born in San Francisco, CA
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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William “Bill” Stone, 81 of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale, Iowa under the loving care of the Suncrest Hospice Team.
Bill was born on October 21, 1940, in San Francisco, California, the son of Leighton and Dorothy Stone. His father, Leighton Arthur Stone, was born in Mystic, Iowa. Upon graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Bill was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Before leaving for duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Gail, in 1962. After completing his service, he began a career in banking in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bill’s lifelong passion was baseball both as a player and as an umpire. He became a Little League umpire and achieved his goal to be an umpire in the Senior League World Series. Bill was also a dedicated lifetime member of the Lions Club International for over 40 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gail, of 59 years; children Christine (Jay) Van Kirk of Clive, Iowa; Jeff (Glenna) Stone of Bothell, Washington; 6 grandchildren, Katie (Trevor) Heath of Georgia; Emily, Laurie, and Julie Van Kirk of Iowa; Sadie and Piper Stone of Seattle, Washington; 4 great-grandchildren of Kingsland, Georgia; 2 sisters, Linnie Stone of Rocklin, California, and Betty Frederick (Pat) of San Jose, California.

The family wishes to thank the VA Hospital of Iowa, Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, and Suncrest Hospice of Iowa for their loving care.

Bill will be buried at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Adel, Iowa on June 7, 2022, at 9:30 AM.

Memorials may be directed to Lions Club International.




Graveside Service
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
9:30 AM