Born August 28, 1966, Stoney proudly grew up in the Dogtown area of St Louis. His youth was spent with lifelong friends exploring Forest Park, playing pick-up ice hockey, and other outdoor activities. Stoney was an avid hunter. With his brother John, Stoney routinely kept the deer population of Missouri in check. Though he never bragged about it, Stoney was an excellent shot. Stoney’s love of country and commitment was an integral part of his life. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Motor Transport Operator. In this role, he was responsible for transporting military members and equipment safely throughout the battlefield. His duties placed him in The Republic of Korea and Operation Desert Storm. Throughout Stoney’s tenure in the Army, his selfless duties earned him an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. Upon his honorable discharge in 1993, Stoney returned to Missouri, working with different trucking companies. In May 1999, he started with the Bi-State Development Agency, aka MetroLink, working for over 22 years.
Those who know Rich best knew him by many names: Dad, Mr.Man, Dipaw, PawPaw, Grandpa and “You’re Beautiful, Baby!” Nothing made him happier than being the jungle gym for his 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and spending time with family. His famous beard “Lamar” was distinctive and a favorite play toy for the little ones and a conversation piece to others. To his friends and even strangers, he was kind, generous, and funny with a unique ability to listen without judgment. As a combat veteran, he understood the demons and struggles of so many. Countless owe their sanity to his friendship, generosity, and remarkable smile. People were naturally drawn to Stoney. His wit, kindness, and loyalty were unmatched.
An avid motorcycle rider and mechanic, Stoney, with Krissy, traveled thousands of miles together exploring Missouri Civil War battlefields. Stoney belonged to the VFW POST 6516 in High Ridge, Missouri and supported the Patriot Guard as a member of the Statesmen Motorcycle Club and Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association 4-4, being a proud Harley Davidson rider, along with his wife.
His mechanical skills and willingness to be of service saved the day on more than one occasion. Rich’s passions include all aspects of the Civil War and Confederacy, growing in knowledge by reading an impressive number of books yearly (The Shack being among his favorite), and helping as many veterans as possible. Calling Stoney a friend, a helper, an inspiration and a hero would be quite an understatement.
Rich is preceded in death by his grandparents Geneva Norweck and MaryJane Maxon, ‘Bonus mother’ Ann Burke, mother-in-law Brenda Weise, and niece Natalie Burke. Rich is survived by his wife and soulmate Christina “Krissy” Stone, parents Elaine Jenkins and Jack Stone, sons Scott (Ashley) Stone and Mike (Diana) Stone, stepson Aaron Pratt, daughter Jennifer Stone, stepdaughters Abby Vaughn, Kelsey, Bethany, and Ashley Payne, Pvt. First Class Alexandria Vaughn and Ashley Vaughn, brother John Burke, sisters Alberta “Cissy” (Keith) Hertel, Terry Mazdra, Julie (Chris) Graef, Stacy (Tim) Neuhaus and Stephanie Stone, sisters-in-law Casey Hartley, Kelly Weise, and Crickett (Todd) White, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Visitation is Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129. Funeral services are Monday, January 24, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at Kutis Funeral Home, an interment; with military honors, will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. A celebration of life is after the interment from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Arnold VFW Post 2593, 2301 Church Rd, Arnold Mo 63010. If you’d like to bring a dish, you are welcome. There will be Music, Fellowship, Honor, and Unity. This is an opportunity to share stories, eulogies, jokes, toasts, traditions, prayers, and blessings.
The Patriot Guard Riders are the lead escort followed by the Statesmen MC and the Combat Veterans MA 4-4. Thank you STMC Fathead, a dear friend & brother for providing the motorcycle hearse.
Please upon request and honor of Stoney’s Family adhere by Covid Protocols, standards. If you are sick or have been exposed, send wishes. DO NOT attend. If not eating/drinking MASK UP.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Missouri National Memorial in Perryville, MO, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 4-4, and the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.
* Mask Mandate will be enforced in respect of his family. *