In Memory

Charles P. Stone - Class Of 1958

Charles P. Stone

Charles P. Stone of Kenosha passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Hospice House surrounded by his three loving daughters.

He was the eldest son of Charles L. and Olga (Karach) Stone. Charles was raised in Kenosha and attended St. Mary High School. He was employed by American Motors Corporation for thirty years, retiring in 1988.

Charles married Barbara Day of Kenosha in 1967, with whom he had two daughters, Teresa and Lara. In 1979, he married Jill Parker and together they had a daughter, Elizabeth.

Charles enjoyed experimenting and teaching his daughters about the wonders of the world and science while pushing them to think, question and learn. He was a free spirit and had an acute sense of humor, which he instilled in his daughters. A pianist, he passed on to them his love of music, playing classical, pop and jazz, his personal favorite, on the piano. He also enjoyed tennis, fishing, chess, backgammon, science fiction, and crossword puzzles, and passing the time playing bridge, gin and pinochle with his buddies.

His most beloved activity, however, was billiards and he was a respected pool player in Wisconsin and Illinois. His talent at pocket pool earned him the nickname “Big Time Charlie.” He was the Wisconsin State straight pool champion at the age of 27 in 1967. In that year, he went on to the U.S. Open Championships and set a then-record for average run per inning. He later became an excellent 3-cushion billiard player. In the 1960s, he won an exhibition match in Kenosha against the late great Minnesota Fats. In his later years, Charlie could be found at noon every day at Claw’s Billiards in Kenosha.

Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Teresa Lubkeman and Lara (Keith Nix) Stone, both of Mesquite, Texas, and Elizabeth Stone of Racine; his brothers David (Beverly) Stone of Salt Lake City, Utah; Greg (Gail Karabetsos), and Steve (Patricia) Stone, both of Kenosha; and his sister, Mary (Kevin) Andrasko of Oshkosh. He is further survived by his granddaughter and two great-grandsons, many nieces and nephews, and friends too numerous to mention.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Greg’s wife Crescentia (Bartholomay) Stone in 2006.