Robert Melvin Stone

Obituaries in Brownwood, TX | Brownwood Bulletin
Obituaries in Brownwood, TX | Brownwood Bulletin

Robert Melvin Stone

Zephyr - Robert M. Stone, Sr. passed from this life Thursday, October 28, 2021, at his home. Per Bob's wishes, there will be no public services. Cremation is under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home and inurnment will be in the columbarium at St. John's Church in Brownwood, Texas. (stjohnsbrownwood.com).

Bob was born in Texas City on October 9, 1928, and recently celebrated his 93rd birthday with family members at the Stone Ranch, near Zephyr.

In 1952, Bob married Ethel Trout. They were married for 52 years when she passed away in 2004. He married Anna Tims Townsend on November 7, 2009. He is survived by Anna; a brother, Jack; two sons, Robert (and wife Renee) and John; three grandchildren (Pamela Hookstra, Melissa Stone and Kimberly White); three great-grandchildren (Lois, Ezra and August Hookstra); and three stepsons (Bobby, Billy, and David Townsend). Bob was predeceased by his daughter (Suzanne Perkins) in 2012, an infant son (Ralph W. Stone) in 1953 and one stepson (Paul Townsend), in 2020.

He was active in the Anglican-Episcopal Church in Brownwood most recently, with history as a member of Episcopal Churches in Brownwood dating to the mid-1950's and interrupted by stints as a member of other Episcopal churches in Austin, San Jose, CA and in the Houston area.

Bob was an Army veteran of the Korean War era. He served on active duty from 1950-1953 and as an officer in the Army Reserves until 1967.

Throughout a 30+ year career, Bob served as a junior high and high school teacher in Zephyr, Austin, and Goldthwaite. He was an assistant professor of mathematics at Howard Payne College from 1954-1960 and served as the School Principal at Zephyr from 1960-1965. He pursued a PhD in mathematics, astrophysics, and computer sciences in 1965-1969 while teaching in Austin. Bob joined Control Data Corporation in 1969 and was involved in mainframe computer applications in California's Silicon Valley until 1972 when he was transferred to Houston as a civilian contractor for NASA. In the early 1980's, Bob returned to teaching in Goldthwaite and his ranching roots near Zephyr. Bob enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, music appreciation and animals. Over the last 70+ years he has raised cattle, goats, sheep, and herding dogs. He was a lifelong student with a passion for teaching.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Stone requested that any gifts be made to the Good Samaritan Ministries serving Brown County (goodsambwd.org).

Condolences, memories and tributes can be offered to the family online at heartlandfuneralhome.net

Posted online on October 29, 2021

Published in Brownwood Bulletin

Obituaries in Brownwood, TX | Brownwood Bulletin
Obituaries in Brownwood, TX | Brownwood Bulletin

Robert Melvin Stone

Robert Melvin Stone

Zephyr - Robert M. Stone, Sr. passed from this life Thursday, October 28, 2021, at his home. Per Bob's wishes, there will be no public services. Cremation is under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home and inurnment will be in the columbarium at St. John's Church in Brownwood, Texas. (stjohnsbrownwood.com).

Bob was born in Texas City on October 9, 1928, and recently celebrated his 93rd birthday with family members at the Stone Ranch, near Zephyr.

In 1952, Bob married Ethel Trout. They were married for 52 years when she passed away in 2004. He married Anna Tims Townsend on November 7, 2009. He is survived by Anna; a brother, Jack; two sons, Robert (and wife Renee) and John; three grandchildren (Pamela Hookstra, Melissa Stone and Kimberly White); three great-grandchildren (Lois, Ezra and August Hookstra); and three stepsons (Bobby, Billy, and David Townsend). Bob was predeceased by his daughter (Suzanne Perkins) in 2012, an infant son (Ralph W. Stone) in 1953 and one stepson (Paul Townsend), in 2020.

He was active in the Anglican-Episcopal Church in Brownwood most recently, with history as a member of Episcopal Churches in Brownwood dating to the mid-1950's and interrupted by stints as a member of other Episcopal churches in Austin, San Jose, CA and in the Houston area.

Bob was an Army veteran of the Korean War era. He served on active duty from 1950-1953 and as an officer in the Army Reserves until 1967.

Throughout a 30+ year career, Bob served as a junior high and high school teacher in Zephyr, Austin, and Goldthwaite. He was an assistant professor of mathematics at Howard Payne College from 1954-1960 and served as the School Principal at Zephyr from 1960-1965. He pursued a PhD in mathematics, astrophysics, and computer sciences in 1965-1969 while teaching in Austin. Bob joined Control Data Corporation in 1969 and was involved in mainframe computer applications in California's Silicon Valley until 1972 when he was transferred to Houston as a civilian contractor for NASA. In the early 1980's, Bob returned to teaching in Goldthwaite and his ranching roots near Zephyr. Bob enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing, music appreciation and animals. Over the last 70+ years he has raised cattle, goats, sheep, and herding dogs. He was a lifelong student with a passion for teaching.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Stone requested that any gifts be made to the Good Samaritan Ministries serving Brown County (goodsambwd.org).

Condolences, memories and tributes can be offered to the family online at heartlandfuneralhome.net

Posted online on October 29, 2021

Published in Brownwood Bulletin