William Stone

William Steven "Steve" Stone

Monday, October 3rd, 1949 - Sunday, June 21st, 2020
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William Steven “Steve” Stone, 70, died Sunday, June 21, 2020 at his home in Garden City. He was born October 3, 1949, in Garden City, Kansas, the son of William Faye Stone and Elsie Mae (Whitson) Stone. A lifetime resident of Finney County, Kansas.

Steve attended Plymell School and graduated from Garden City High School in 1967. He graduated Garden City Junior College in 1969. A fourth generation farmer, he operated Tri-Stone Farms, Inc. As he expanded his farm with his wife and daughters, he enjoyed the advances made in agriculture.

Steve married Rhonda Schmale of Garden City, Kansas on March 15, 1980. Together they have two daughters, Megan and Marci. A lifetime farmer and rancher, Steve enjoyed being home on the farm the most. He also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and being a Grandpa. He was a member and previous board member of the Garden City Co-op, Farm Bureau member and previous board member, Kansas corn growers member, Kansas Livestock Association and a member of the Finney County Historical Society. He served 26 years on the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District 3 board representing Finney County. He served as their President for two years, 1998 and 1999. He was passionate about water and the sustainability of ground water in southwest Kansas.

Survivors include his wife Rhonda of the home; two daughters Megan Wehkamp (Brian) of Garden City, Ks. Marci Flax (Kevin) of Ellis, Ks. Sister Marilyn Chaffin of Kinsley, brother Tim Stone of Garden City and his mother Elsie Mae of Garden City. Three grandsons; Hayden Wehkamp of Garden City. Derek and Ty Flax of Ellis, Ks as well as many nieces and nephews. Steve is preceded in death by his father, Faye.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at The Golf Club at Southwind with Pastor Scott Rosen officiating. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family request memorials given to the Finney County Historical Society, in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City.
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Bernard Huschka

Posted at 08:11am
Can’t remember all the good times but Steve always had a smile. Will miss seeing him. His harvest days are done but what he passed down to his daughters will continue on.

Sincerely, “Benny” Huschka

Bill Bider

Posted at 05:49pm
Rhonda, Meg, and Marci, where can I begin with 40 years of fun memories being Steve's brother-in-law and friend. Steve was such a fun guy to be around and I especially like the way he teased my wife, Robyn (Rhonda's sister). They actually teased each other. My favorite memories are the many many times Steve would ask me to get in his pick-up to drive around and look over the land. These trips usually took place while other family were at the house. 15 minutes turned into an hour, then two hours. We we would finally return and Robyn would always say "where have you been?" It happened every time, and she joked with him about it every time. We will miss Steve very much as we miss Robyn who passed away on April 14, 2020.

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