Robert H. Stoner

Born: Wednesday, September 11, 1946
Passed: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Robert H. Stoner, 70, of Rockford, passed away on March 1, 2017. He was born on September 11, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Harold R. and Agnes (Berg) Stoner. Bob was a technical writer for Woodward and Sundstrand. He served in the United States Navy. He loved scuba diving, international travel and enjoyed music.
Survivors include his love and close companion for more than 20 years, Joan Whitmer , cousins, and many local and military friends.
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Condolences & Shared Memories (12)

  1. GMC John M. Staehle, USN (Ret.)

    My deepest sympathy to a passing shipmate having meet Bob at Seafloat. God bless you Bob!!

  2. Brian Siegmund, USAF (ret)

    I never had the opportunity to meet Bob personally. However, he provided me with an enormous wealth of information over the past 10 years. I kept his emails in a folder as they were such important resources. I have over 30 emails from him on using and purchasing pistols, rifles, the pros and cons, the best buys for the money, their use for home defense, etc. etc. I knew he was a former Navy career man and he knew I was retired Air Force who served in Korea during the Viet Nam War, but we talked and emailed more about firearms than we did about the military. I knew he was suffering from several maladies, but I was extremely sad to lean of his passing. I pray for the Lord's comfort and healing for Joan and the whole family as they try to pick up the pieces and press on. I know Bob left an indelible mark on those he served with in the Navy and with his many friends who respected and learned from him over the years.

  3. Don Van de Laar

    I was stationed at Seafloat from Oct 70 - Aug 71 came down from. Qui nhon. RIP Bob .

  4. Ron Graham

    Bob was a great friend and so very helpful and willing to see that people were educated in military issues. I'll miss his wise counsel and the friendship I had with him.

  5. Carli Ward-Zygowicz

    Stan and I are so sorry to hear about Bob's passing but we know he's sharing stories in heaven. He was a good friend and will be missed by all.

  6. Garnett Johnson, Siena

    My sincere sympathy to you, may God Bless you.

  7. Jim Gray

    When Bob and I became friends My life changed for the Better and influenced my naval career ..we worked close together on so many projects and always amazed at this walking Naval Encyclopedia . Bob and I worked closely as editors of all this a real friend. as well. Fair Winds and Smooth Sailing Bob. Your deployment on Earth is over RTB.

  8. Charles H (Chuck) Karayan

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Robert's desk. He was one of my BSU-1/MST 2 contemporaries from the Amphibious Base in Coronado and also South Vietnam. He eloquently captured the relatively unknown aspects of brown water warfare support. We shared emails many years ago remembering what it took for the MST's to support Special Warfare Group ops in South Vietnam. He is gone but will NEVER be forgotten. RIP Robert

  9. Kerry Ruth

    Joan, I was fortunate to have been befriended by Bob probably 12 years ago. He shared his research and writings with me which was an honor. He would send me copies of CD-ROM's and other writings about SEAL and Mobile Support Teams in Vietnam. I have them and they are a treasure. I was fortunate to receive one last email from Bob on February 8th reading: I have to record that I am close to passing on. The combination of coronary, nephrology, lymph-edema, and respiratory are closing out my lights. May he rest in peace in the world of spirits. His light will always shine in my life...

  10. Cathy Vendemia

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Joan. So sorry for your loss.

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  12. Sharon Hendricks

    Thoughts and prayers for a wonderful friend. I grew up with Bob next door to him on. Y Blvd. He was kind and gentle and very intelligent.

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