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Charles Stone

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Dec. 12, 1922-Feb. 14, 2010

Charles J. Stone, 87, of Ponsford, died Sunday, February 14, 2010 at his residence in Ponsford.

Visitation for Charles will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 18, and continuing until service time on Friday at the Old Pine Point School, Ponsford.

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Funeral services for Charles will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 19, in the Old Pine Point School, with Mother Lisa Smith officiating.

Interment will be held in the spring at Breck Memorial Episcopal Cemetery, Ponsford.

Charles "Waabiishkii-Gwon" James Stone was born to John and Sadie (Rabbit) Stone on December 12, 1922 in Ponsford, where he grew up and was educated. He enlisted into the United States Army in 1940.

Following his honorable discharge he returned home and for a few years, Charles worked as a logger. He also worked with his brother-in-law Thomas Jones at the CCC Camp. He later went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Tamarac Refuge and after 23 years of faithful service, Charles retired in 1982. After his retirement, Charles moved back to Ponsford.

As an avid outdoorsman, Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed his favorite TV shows, "That 70s Show" and "America's Funniest Home Videos." Charles loved the game of baseball and followed the Minnesota Twins as often as possible. He liked to travel, taking his family to pow-wows in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada.

Charles was a quiet and simple man, but to many he was considered "Grandpa Charlie." He cared about everything and everyone. He had a wonderful memory reminiscing about the history of Ponsford and always remembering to make that call to wish his friends and family a "happy birthday."

Charles will be remembered and missed by his nieces, Naomi Jones of Pine Point, Juanita Hardy of Pine Point and Eleanor Stone of Woodbury, Minn. He is also survived by those that called him Grandpa Charlie -- 31 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren and 43 great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Charles in death were his parents; sisters, Vivian Fineday Jones and Mary Stone; one infant brother and one infant sister; brother-in-law Thomas Jones Sr.; nephews Thomas Jones Jr. and Delmas Jones; nieces Corinne Jones and Alberta Johnson grandchildren David Stone, Lorena Jones and Wassa-biza-aaung-bebe-ace, "shining star baby."

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memories of Charles may be shared online at www.daviddonehower.com.

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