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MG (Ret.) John K. Stoner, Jr., 89, passed away on May 15, 2018, at home in his beloved Stone Harbor, New Jersey. MG (Ret.) Stoner was born in Woodbury, New Jersey on January 26, 1929, the only child of Sara Elizabeth Davis and John K. Stoner. He graduated from Collingswood High School and matriculated as an ROTC cadet to Drexel University (at the time Drexel Institute of Technology), where he pledged his beloved fraternity Pi Kappa Phi and graduated in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps. Later, in 1956, he also earned a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

MG (Ret.) Stoner married Ellen Jean Smith of Brookville, Pennsylvania in 1952, and she predeceased him in 1988. He is survived by four children: Kathryn, married to Frank Lasala; Sara, married to John Bachman; John, married to Karen Kelly; and Hudson, married to Claudia Piazza. He had seven grandchildren: Jacob Lasala; Kathryn Bachman, married to Thomas Lakin; William Bachman; Kelly Stoner; Ellen Stoner, married to Patrick Leidig; Hudson Stoner; and Grant Stoner. He also had two great grandchildren: John Gilbert Leidig and Sara Lucille Lakin. He instilled a love of education and curiosity in his children, and they in turn passed this love on to their own children.

MG (Ret.) Stoner, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, had a successful and varied military career, with assignments that took him and his family to numerous locations in the United States, Germany and Panama. When he retired in 1980, he was the Commander of the Communications and Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. In addition to his professional interests, MG (Ret.) Stoner had many hobbies, including shell collecting (part of his personal collection can be found on display in the Franklin Institute); music (he conducted the Plebe Glee Club at West Point and was the director of the Seven Mile Island Singers in Stone Harbor); and gardening, especially growing roses, a pastime which gave him many happy hours outdoors and even several awards from the Stone Harbor Garden Club.

Although an only child, MG (Ret.) Stoner took great pride in his family: his own extended network of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents who ranged from Lancaster, PA to the now-submerged South Cape May and fondly called him "Jackie;" together with the nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and parents of the family into which he married. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Esther Smith Mercatoris of Brookville, Pennsylvania.

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be private. Memorial gifts may be directed to CureSMA, the Wounded Warrior Project, or the U.S. Army ROTC Detachment at Drexel University. Condolences at