STERLING – James “Tyler” Stone, 58, of Sterling, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at his home.
Tyler was born Nov. 13, 1954, in Sterling, the son of Thomas and Viola (Cisketti) Stone.
Tyler was a 1973 graduate of Newman Catholic High School. He took welding and other classes at Sauk Valley College, and attended other colleges throughout the country, including Texas A&M. He was a career pipe welder by trade, retiring in 2002. He lived and traveled throughout the East Coast, and lived in Kingsville, Texas. Tyler worked for numerous contractors throughout the country, including Caterpillar, John Deere, Fluor Daniel, Halliburton and Newport News Shipbuilding, working on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan. Tyler was a fisherman, horse trainer, and an artist. He made jewelry and furniture, and was best known locally for his pens, that he handcrafted and designed from exotic wood and other material such as deer antlers.
Proud father of Dustin (Stephanie Zook) Stone of Bloomington and Brandon (Sophal) Stone of Elgin; loving grandfather to Ava and Samuel. Survived by his mother, Viola Ratajczak, and her husband Jerry, of Sterling; two sisters, Norma (Brian) Arneson of La Crosse, Wis., and his youngest sister, Anne Stone of Sterling; his nieces, Maeve and Maura; and nephew, Cory.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas; stepfather, attorney William N. Stone; a sister, Sheila; and three brothers, Billy in infancy, Burke, and Rourk Stone.
A gathering of friends and family will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. James Keenan officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Homes are handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.