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Cletus E. Stone, 85, formerly of Palmyra, passed away at 2:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2022, at his home in San Antonio, Texas.

Cletus’s Life Celebration and visitation was held on Thursday September 8, 2022, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO.

A Memorial service with Full Military rites was performed by American Legion Post #174. Pastor Wes Gehrke officiated.

Cletus was born September 7, 1936, in Memphis, MO to Floyd and Lela M. Phillips Stone. He was married to Laverna Hatter on July 4, 1955, in Hurdland, MO. She survives.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Laverna Stone, children Laura Ann Rathke (Michael) of Cobolo, TX and Michael W. Stone (Rachelle) of San Antonio, Tx; grandchildren Alexis Greene (Sam), Emma Rathke, Rowan Dille, Quinn Stone, Bennett Dille, and Dorigen Stone.

Cletus was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Lela Stone, two sisters Dorothy Hettinger, and Cleo Binkley.

Cletus first and foremost loved his family and enjoyed any time he could have with them all. Cletus was a dedicated, hardworking man who worked 44 years in his career with Quincy Soybean. He was an avid collector of just about anything, but he especially loved to collect tools and would allow anyone to borrow any tool he had when needed. He loved being around horses and dogs and spent many happy days with his favorite Palomino horse, “Silvy”. He was a very particular person that loved detail and that showed in his many hobbies of leatherwork, wood working, stained glass, and macramé. Cletus was an avid fan of ice cream and loved to have his ice cream in a bowl covered in Pepsi Cola.

Cletus was a proud member of the United States Army during the Korean War, serving in the infamous 3rd Armored Division known as Hell on Wheels. His service time included hitches at both Fort Knox and Fort Hood.

Cletus was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.