It is with sadness that the family of Arnold Stoner announce his passing into God’s hands on December 13, 2018. Visitation will be held at the Bismarck Funeral Home on December 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM with prayer service at 6:00 PM. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 17, 2018.
Arnold will be remembered for his easy smile and quiet disposition. He was born November 17, 1931 to James and Doris (Miller) Stoner in Gettysburg, SD. He grew up in Gettysburg and enlisted in the US Army in August 1952 and was stationed at Camp 55 during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in May of 1954. Upon his return home he built his first home and he always boasted that he built the cage and then caught the bird when he married Marlene Benson on June 16, 1957. To this union their family was blessed with daughters: GayLynn (Einer) Gylten, Fargo; Stacy (Wade) Dockter, Fargo: and sons: Blake, Bismarck; Brent (Lonna), Horace, ND and Kurt, Minneapolis, MN. Grandchildren were added to the family: Logan Gylten, Rochester, MN; Brodie Gylten, Fargo; Coleman Dockter, Fargo; Alec Dockter, Denver, CO.; Alexys Stoner, Fargo; Skyler Stoner, Fargo; and Shaylee Stoner, Horace, ND. Arnold was very proud of the grandchildren’s accomplishments and sometimes bored his friends with his bragging.
He loved being involved with retail businesses during the time he lived in South Dakota. In 1977 he moved his family and business to Hazen, ND. Upon closing the store he went to work for Mercer County Housing and later moved to Bismarck and was employed by HIT. He was very proud of his military service and the medals he received from the South Korean government in January 2016. He loved construction and remodeling and his sons were very fortunate to gain the knowledge passed down to them. Arnold said he wanted to take his hammer to Heaven in case they needed repairs done.
Words cannot express how much we appreciated the excellent care that Arnold received at the Sanford Hospital, Baptist Care Center, Sanford Home Health team, Sanford Hospice team and ND Aging staff during this difficult time. The kindness and loving ways from you will long be remembered by Arnold’s family. Thank you each and everyone.
In addition to his immediate family he is survived by his brother, Lyle (Patty), Marshall MN, nieces, and special family friend, Andrea Barendt. Preceding him in death were his parents, infant sister, and mother and father-in-law, Alberta and Harry Hulet.
Bismarck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements with prayer service conducted by Chapla in Merle Hoots. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the Central Dakota Humane Society or Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue.