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Andrew L. Stone Oct. 29, 1925 - Oct. 7, 2013

BENSON - Andrew "Bud" L. Stone, died on Monday, October 07, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Benson. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Burial will follow the service at the Benson City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson is in charge of the arrangements. www.zniewskifuneralhome.com

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Andrew LeRoy Stone passed away peacefully on October 7, 2013. A soldier, patriotic American, faithful church lover, and generous family man, he was a man of action, service and honor and will be sorely missed by all those who love him.

He was born October 29, 1925 in Benson, Minnesota to Andrew and Mathilda Stone. A lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he was baptized December 4, 1925 and confirmed on July 2, 1941.

He grew up in Benson, and attended Benson schools through the 9th grade. He entered the US Army in February 1944 at Fort Snelling and served in Rhineland, Central Europe with the 65th Infantry Division, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged on May 11, 1946 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He remained active with the 65th Infantry Division Association until the time of his death, traveling annually to reunions and serving as President for the 2011-2012 period.

A lifelong servant, Andy dedicated his time to many organizations and causes, including the 65th Infantry Division Association, the VFW and his church. He worked for the Swift County Sheriffs Department, the Flax Straw Company, and the Great Northern and Burlington Northern Company. During his 40 years of service to the railroad, he served at the Benson and Morris Depots, Willmar Accounting Office, and Willmar Yard Office. After retirement from the railroad, he became a traveling agent. In later years, he worked for the Benson Heartland Express and Zniewski Funeral Home.

He married Phyllis M Smith on August 10, 1946. To this marriage, two sons were born: Daniel LeRoy Stone and Robert Curtis Stone.

He was preceded in death by his son Daniel, his parents Andrew L Stone and Mathilda Smith, his brother Albin Stone, his two sisters Annie Laurant and Edith Burton, and one granddaughter, Denise Stone.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Mae Stone, son Robert (Connie) Stone, grandchildren Tara Stone Medina (Carlo Medina), Daniel (Melinda) Stone, Justin (Andrea) Stone, Nathan (Cassandra) Stone, great-grandchildren Gianluca Medina, Madeline Stone, Kennady Stone, Harper Stone and Easton Andrew Stone.

In lieu of flowers, gifts are preferred to 65th Infantry Division Association or Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. Please sign the guestbook at www.zniewskifuneralhome.com.

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