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Norman Stone
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Norman J. Stone, 80, of Escalon died on Thursday, Jan. 20 in Manteca after a long illness.

He was born June 24, 1930, in Woodward Oklahoma, to Ollie Stone and Beatrice Edwards Stone.

Mr. Stone was a longtime Escalon resident. He came with his family to California in 1944 when they purchased property on South Sexton Road in Escalon, where he lived and worked on local farms for many years.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. After his discharge he returned to Escalon and worked on many local dairies. Looking for stability in his career, he took a job at Hormel Corp. in Stockton. After several years he retired, returning to Escalon where he enjoyed going to flea markets and the races, fishing, cutting firewood and spending time with his children.

Survivors include his siblings, Louella Tune of Escalon, George Stone of Newman and John Stone of Redding; his children, Dwayne and Donnie Fisher, Tina Milan and Janice Stone-Lynch; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Jewell Gray, Dallas, Rufus, Don and James Stone.

Services were held at Burwood Cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 25 with arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-1953; Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin, 10100 Trinity Parkway, Suite 310, Stockton, CA 95219; or to a charity of choice.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 26, 2011