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Jesse Stoner, 41, of LaPine, Ore., died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004 at his home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the United Church of Faulkton with the Rev. Bruce Adams officiating. Burial was in the Prairie View Cemetery, Orient.

Casketbearers were Bryan and Kevin Riley, Matt and Tim Gauer, Derrick Lewis, Bradley Stoner, Todd, John and Adam Gimbel, Nathan Sparks, Justin Berg and Carson Grage.
Honorary casketbearers were Kristen Berg, Brenda and Bridget Stoner, Audra Sparks, Kimberly Grage, Deidra Lewis, Jessica Gimbel and Megan Gauer.

Reck Funeral Home, Miller, was in charge of arrangements.

Jesse Stoner was born July 31, 1963 in Aberdeen, S.D., to Wayne and Miriam (Slater) Stoner of Orient. He grew up in Faulkton and graduated from Faulkton High School. He loved the mountains, so he spent his last 25 years living in Colorado and Oregon.

Jesse was active in handicap advocacy and volunteered in handicap sporting activities. He assisted newly injured paraplegics and quadriplegics through non-profit organizations, to obtain special equipment needed to improve their quality of life. He participated in snow bi-skiing, wheelchair rugby, hunting, fishing and traveling. Jesse drove his conversion van cross country many times to visit family and friends.

Jesse's brothers-in-law were an integral part of his life, filling the gap as his father died when he was just a young boy.

Survivors include his soul mate, Michelle Coryell and children, Grace Setzer and O'Ryan Giorgi of Springfield, Ore.; one brother, Jay (Sandy) Stoner of Malalla, Ore.; six sisters, Rita Stoner of Minneapolis, Minn., Karla (David) Riley of Palm Bay, Fla., Renee (Mark) Gauer of Mitchell; Lanette Gimbel of Broomfield, Colo., Glenna (David) Martinmaas of Miller and Tara (Brian) Lewis of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; 15 nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Miriam Stoner, and an infant brother.

Donations can be made to Craig Hospital Foundation, 3425 South Clarkston St., Engelwood, CO 80110. Craig Hospital is a spinal cord and head injury research and rehabilitation center.