Philip Stone, 88, of Staples, passed away November 9, 2016, at his home.
Services were held Nov. 14, at the First Congregational Church, UCC, Staples with Pastor Tony Romaine officiating.
Interment was at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples, with military honors.
Arrangements were with the Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples.
Philip was born April 7, 1928 in Staples to Ernest and Josephine (Mayer) Stone. He graduated from Staples High School. Philip served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and Korea. He was a cook in the army and loved it. He married to Rita Nelson on May 31, 1949 and they were married for 67 years. He was employed for 43 years, as an engineer for the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads. Philip was a member of the Staples Congregational Church, Elks, VFW, American Legion and the Evergreen Hill Cemetery board. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, going to the lake, cooking for his family and traveling. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Philip is survived by his wife; four daughters, Rayma (Dennis) Miller of Staples, Melba (Bill) McGuire of Inver Grove Heights, Marcia (Mark) Penfield of Fargo, ND, Joan Miller of Spring Lake Park; one son, Jerome (Peggy) Stone of Staples; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, LaRita and Bernice and one grandson, Jason Miller.