Former Steamboat Springs resident Rodney "Rod" J. Stone of Carefree, Ariz., passed away on Oct. 5, 2007, at The University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was 72.
Born Dec. 2, 1934, in Omaha, Neb., Rod was a 1952 graduate of Tech High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1956. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He moved with his family to Arvada in 1964. Rod and his family enjoyed the mountains of Steamboat Springs for many years and recently built a home with his wife in the Elk River Valley.
Rod successfully developed a long-term manufacturer's representative business, Stone and Associates, in the building specialty products industry. He will be remembered for his generosity, adventurous spirit, hard work and positive outlook toward life. Rod touched many lives through his career, coaching his children in youth sports and his love for outdoor activities. He was a man of diversity and faith and was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.
Rodney Stone is survived by his beloved wife, Rebecca; son, Gregg Stone and his wife, Rachel, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; daughter, Julie Lewis and her husband, Charlie, of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Caryn Stone of Arvada; his adoring granddaughters, Riley, Jessica, Anya and Katya; and siblings, Pat Evans, Gary Stone, Valdene Loftus and Doug Stone.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 20, 2007, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Carefree, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the following pancreatic cancer center in Rod's name to PRCT-TGEN Foundation, 400 N. 5th St., Suite 1650, Phoenix, AZ 85004.