Andrew Bolton Stoner joined his Heavenly Father at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Heartland of Marysville, Marysville.
He was born a son of James and Clara Bolton Stoner on March 19, 1926, in Ruffsdale, Pa. He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, James Reid; and a sister, Anne Stoner Hoyle.
He is survived and remembered as a loving and faithful husband by his wife, Carolyn Momyer Stoner. Carolyn and Andy met on a blind date arranged by his sister and were married on April 24, 1954. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this coming April.
He will be remembered as a wise and patient Father by his four children, Keith (Donna) Stoner, John (Lisa) Stoner, Renae (Dwight) Carnes and Jim (Amy Clawson) Stoner. He leaves behind grandchildren, Aryn (Andy) Forsythe, Isaac (Catherine) Stoner, Justin (Ashley) Kempfer, Miriam Stoner, Tom Stoner, Tim Sanders, Courtney Sanders, Andrew Stoner, Micah Stoner, Jonathon Stoner, Jameson Stoner, Jacob Stoner, Jessica Stoner, Joshua (Heather) Carnes and Justin (Courtney) Carnes; great-grandchildren, Johnston Davis “J.D.” Forsythe, Dominic Stoner, Aidyn Stoner, Grace Carnes and Raylan Carnes; his sister Anne’s six children; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Millie Roll, Myrtle Momyer, Connie (Rich) Hernandez and Marcia (Neal) Varner. He is also remembered by special friends Andy, Debra, Jacob (Kristen) Johnson and Kathryn (Kevin) Wingfield.
Andy led a life of service — to his God, his Nation, his Family, his community of Logan County and his community of Rushsylvania. Despite surviving tuberculosis and the loss of one lung he enlisted in the United States Army. He earned a purple heart at the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to the States and was in training for the war in the Pacific when World War II ended.
After leaving the service Andy earned his Bachelor of Education at Penn State and his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Andy taught for two years at West Newton High School in West Newton, Pa. He, Carolyn and his young family moved in 1957 to Findlay, where he taught at Liberty-Benton High School. He moved to Waynesfield and taught at Waynesfield Goshen High School from 1957 to 1966. The final move for the Stoners was to Rushsylvania, where he taught at Buckeye Local High School in Rushsylvania for two years. He finished his career with Riverside High School in DeGraff, retiring after 35 years in education.
Andy was a resident of Rushsylvania from 1966 to 2011. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and was a faithful follower of the United Methodist Church in Rushsylvania, where he served in nearly every capacity. He will be remembered as a driver’s education teacher by many in Logan County.
He served as mayor of Rushsylvania for 12 years and was a member of the Benjamin Logan Local School Board for four years. Receiving the Honorary State Chapter, he served as FFA adviser, 4-H adviser, Scoutmaster and volunteer fireman while living in Rushsylvania. He was a member of the Logan County Fair Board for 30 years, Logan County Historical Society, Rushsylvania American Legion and Lions Club. Although never achieving the highest rank of Scouting while a Scout, Andy encouraged his sons, Keith, John and Jim, and grandsons, Isaac Stoner and Justin Kempfer, and saw them achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Andy received the Silver Beaver Award, God and Country Award and was a member of Order of Arrow and Brotherhood and received the District Award of Merit.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, and one hour prior to a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial is at a later date in Rushsylvania Cemetery, with a service by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, Logan County Fair Board, BSA Troop 51, Logan County History Center or Heartland Hospice of Marysville.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.