Darryl Lawrence Stone

Darryl Lawrence Stone passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024 under hospice care while a resident at Parkway Care Center in Edwardsville, Kansas; he was 80 years old. Darryl was born to Clayton Lawrence and Virginia Anne (Downey) Stone on March 3, 1944 and welcomed into the family by his five year old twin sisters, Frances Darleene and Donnis Jeanne.

Darryl was a life long resident of Lawrence, following in the footsteps of several generations of Kansas Stones including his great grandfather W.E. Stone, a Civil War Union Veteran and former board member in the Big Springs School.

Darryl attended Cordley Elementary and Lawrence Jr. High School. He graduated Lawrence High School, a member of the exceptional LHS Class of 1962. He was a student at KU until he was drafted into service during the Vietnam War. He received Basic and Advanced Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, before serving a year in country in Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge as a Specialist Class 5 in January 1969.

Mr. Stone worked in several varied positions through the years in Lawrence, including building high quality stereo speakers, in computer technology for Microtech Computers and in sales for Ace Hardware. He also managed an apartment complex for many years.

Darryl was a quintessential Renaissance man with a continuous thirst for knowledge and a boundless interest in many fields of study. He lived in the moment, had an infectious smile, and he loved music of every genre from Gospel to Jazz and Rock and Roll. He was a collector of books and music albums.

Darryl was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donnis J. (Stone) Reinken and brother in law, William P. Reinken. He is survived by his sister Frances Darleene (Stone) Overstreet and brother in law, Joseph S. Overstreet, Jr, along with his nieces and nephews Debra Lynn (Reinken) McElroy, Michael (Michele) Reinken, Patrick (Cindy) Reinken; Jean Marie (Overstreet) Druffel and Craig Druffel, John J. (Melissa) Overstreet and Dawn V. Overstreet and five great nieces and nephews, as well as his many beloved friends, first and foremost his former wife and best friend, Jan Kraus and her family. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Stone will be laid to rest beside his parents at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence, followed by a celebration of his life by family and friends.

Messages & Condolences

From Rich Noever...

Boy, you will be missed our late night rock ‘n roll and politics.

From Bob and Carol Schonefeld...

What a beautiful obituary you wrote, Darleene, for your brother. My memories of Darryl go way back to the time we were kids. We always lived so far apart, but it was wonderful when we got to visit Donnis, Darleene and Darryl – and their wonderful parents. I last saw Darryl at Aunt Virginia’s funeral years ago. That is such a nice picture of Darryl. Bless you, Darleene, for being there for Darryl even though you lived miles apart. My love and prayers, Carol

From LaNeece Jardon...

Darryl, I have missed our talks and rides! I have been lost since you left this earth. You were an amazing friend and you are so missed.
As always, your friend LaNeece

From Chris Lane...

Dear Darlene and Joe,
Very sorry for your loss. Sad to lose a younger sibling.
Chris Lane

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