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Cletus E. Stone

Cletus E. Stone, 85, formerly of Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at his home in San Antonio, Texas.

Cletus was born Sept. 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. 

Cletus E. Stone

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

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

Cletus first and foremost loved his family and enjoyed any time he could have with them all. 

He 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 who loved detail, and that showed in his many hobbies of leatherwork, woodworking, 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.

A memorial service with full military rites performed by American Legion Post #174 Boots-Dickson will follow be held at 10:30 a.m on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Pastor Wes Gehrke will officiate.

The memorial service will be live streamed through Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Follow the link on their obituary page or go to- The live stream will start shortly before the service begins.

Friends and family are invited to Cletus’s life celebration and visitation that will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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