Roger Grefstad Stone passed away on August 7, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born on January 5, 1944, to Eunice and Maurice Stone in Algona, Iowa. His family eventually settled in Moorhead, Minnesota where he graduated from Moorhead High School and Moorhead State University.
It was during his study at Moorhead State that he went on a double date and met the love of his life, Janice Lorraine Sullivan. Their love for each other was apparent and they were wed in 1967. Roger’s career took him to Columbus, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, but eventually, they moved back to Moorhead to join running the Moorhead family business, A&T Supply.
His family grew to include son, Brian (1968), daughter Beth (1972) and daughter Ann (1978). He was dedicated and celebrated everything that his family accomplished. He and Jan were well known supporters of his kids’ activities by always finding time to attend a soccer game, tennis match, track meet or provide a ride to whatever school function. The couple was a fixture at these events, no matter the weather conditions. His ability to balance his dedication to the family business along with his dedication to his children was what made Roger so special.
A terrific storyteller, avid reader and lifelong learner, Roger could fix just about anything or build anything. In later years, Roger could be found on local golf courses seeking out his and other out of bound golf balls. He also rekindled a passion involving model airplanes by getting into radio-controlled airplanes. Roger was blessed with four grandchildren (Eric, Elizabeth, Adam and Haley). He loved being a grandfather and loved to go on family vacations or outings whenever possible. His humor, his hugs, his story telling, and his good-natured laugh will be greatly missed.
Roger is preceded in death by father, Maurice, and mother, Eunice and two infant sons that passed away at birth. He is survived by wife Janice, son Brian (wife Kathy), daughter Beth Stone Smith (husband Paul Smith) and daughter Ann Grigel (husband Daniel Grigel) and four grandchildren.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Roger’s name to Red River Valley Hospice (secure online donation form).