Norman C. Stoner, age 87, passed away on Sunday,
May 8, 2022, at his rural Celina home.
Born June 26, 1934, in Mercer County, he was the son of
Olan E. & Madonna R. (Garman) Stoner.
His wife, Flora (Mihm) Stoner, survives, along with their sons:
Norman "Chuck" (Janet) Stoner Jr. and Floyd (Jeanne) Stoner,
and a sister, Wanda Bernholt, all of Celina, 7 grandchildren:
Benjamin (Ashley) Stoner, Katie (Andrew) Barger, Bryan (Mariah)
Stoner, Thomas Stoner, Kevin Stoner, Kelly Stoner, and Lindsey
Fowler, and 14 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nicole Fowler,
his sister, Mary Buschor, and brothers-in-law: Robert Buschor
and Charles Bernholt.
A Veteran of the U.S. Army, Norm served from February 1957 -
February 1959 in Germany, during the Cold War. He operated
a panel for firing missiles.
After attending Immaculate Conception School, Norm worked with
his father, Olan, in his upholstery business. Their work included
re-upholstery, covering new chairs for the Rastetter Furniture Co.
of Fort Wayne, and manufacturing armrests for the seats used in
New Idea Uni-Systems.
Norm also worked for General Telephone for a time. He then decided
to pursue his dream of being a farmer. For the last 61 years, Norm worked
on his farm in Center Township. He and Flora worked together, then later
Norm farmed along with his sons, Chuck and Floyd.
Norm was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church, Celina,
and a member of the NRA. He enjoyed trap shooting, and various kinds
of card games, especially Double Solitaire.
Norm was known for growing an abundance of sweet corn and
tomatoes, which he generously shared with his family and neighbors.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday,
May 13, at Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, with
Fr. Ken Schnipke, C.PP.S., presiding.
Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford,
with graveside military rites.
Calling Hours are 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday,
May 12, and 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at W.H.
Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina.
Memorial Contributions may be made
to the Immaculate Conception School.
Condolences can be expressed to the Stoner family
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