Richard Ellis Stone, went to his heavenly home on April 26th, with his son, Jeff, daughter-in-law, Jahna, and granddaughter, Mckenzie by his side. He was born to Vincent L. and Ruth D. Stone, on April 25th, 1936, in Lingle, Wyoming. He was an only child. He was raised around and spent many summers with his first cousins, which he stayed closed to throughout his life. Family was always important to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Ruth, and wife, Karen D. Stone.
Richard was a graduate of Cheyenne Central High. After attending Casper College, where he met and married Karen D. Ophiem, they moved to Cheyenne. Where they raised three children, Debra Ann, Timothy Richard and Jeffrey Jo.
In his youth dad, worked on a harvest crew in Oklahoma, and a dude ranch in Central City, Colorado. After his marriage to Karen, he worked a year for the State of Wyoming at the check station. And then he found his true passion, carpentry. He joined the Carpenter’s Union, obtaining his apprenticeship and went to work and loving his work all of his life until about 5 years prior to his death.
Richard also loved hunting, and rodeos, he drove his kids countless miles for many years to Jr. Rodeos around the country. He joined the Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee in the early 80’s where he started out at chute 9 and then worked with Doc Swanson with the injured animals. His last years were spent at the Contestants Committee. He loved the work days and all of his friends at Frontier Park.
Richard spent his last few years at Aspen Winds, where he received excellent care and love while there.
Richard is survived by his 3 children, Debra and Stan Rogers, Tim and Laurie Stone, Jeff and Jahna Stone; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He loved his family and made a great effort to attend all the grandkids activities.
Services will be held Monday, May 2, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home. Following services, interment will be held at Memorial Gardens in Cheyenne. A reception will follow at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Event Center at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Cowboy Crisis Fund.
Services are under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001.
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