Thomas Robert Stone, 78, passed away June 3, 2023, at Pleasant View Home, Inman. He was born November 5, 1944, in Council Grove, KS, the son of George and Marjorie Roberts Stone. A current resident of Pleasant View Home, to be near family, he had previously lived in Commerce City, CO, Green Mountain, GA, Council Grove, KS, Emporia, KS, and Junction City, KS. He was a self-employed welder, owning Tom’s Welding for 31 years. He used to say he “Could fix anything but a broken heart.” He was a cowboy by heart and spent years in the saddle enjoying it in Colorado, Georgia and Kansas on Ranches and Feedlots. He enjoyed all animals, but dogs were his favorite and he had many. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman and made sure his kids, grandkids and Great grandkids all knew how to Fish. He spent as much time as he could with family, especially his grandkids and coached or cheered as many sporting events as he could. Tom truly enjoyed watching and cheering loud and proud for the Denver Broncos. Such a big fan that as his grandkids came into the world, they learned to love the broncos too and quickly became Broncos fans with their Pa.
On January 26, 1965, he married JoAnn Thurman in Commerce City, CO. She passed away Jan. 26, 2022. They spent 57 years harassing each other and staying very busy. Anyone that knew Tom knew that if he was around something out of the ordinary was going to happen. And you could hear him laugh from a long way away.
Survivors include daughters, Lisa Stone, Hastings, NE and Dee Dee (Darren) Graber, Warsaw, MO; brothers, Alvin Stone, Council Grove, KS and Roy Stone, Timnath, CO; sisters, Carol Grover, Wamego, KS, Norma Buckridge, Council Grove, KS, and Elaine Jackson, Georgia; grandchildren, James Lewis, Osage Beach, MO; Mandy Kaufman, Moundridge, KS, Samantha Davis, Newton, KS, Tabatha Davis, Newton, KS, and Slade Davis, Hesston, KS; and 5 great grandchildren, Raymond Kaufman, Oakley Jolliff, Paxton Kaufman, Knox Wulf and Hannah Sanchez. Kevin, his beloved dog stood by Tom until close to the end helping Tom and assisting the rest home nurses with Tom. Kevin now resides with Tabatha living an active lifestyle.
He was preceded in death by his wife; siblings, JoAnn Ghumm, Sally Hesser, Wayne Stone, and Joyce Stone.
Cremation is planned. The family will have a private burial at a later date and he will be buried with JoAnn in Council Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to the Caring Hands Humane Society, Newton, in care of Inman Funeral Home; PO Box 490, Inman, KS 67546. To leave a condolence for the family, visit: www.inmanfh.com.