C.P. ‘Rocky’ Stone
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop for C.P. “Rocky” Stone. Pastor Peter Thomsen will officiate.
Born May 28, 1918 in Irvine, Orange County, one of eight children to Ralph and Jennie Stone, Rocky died of natural causes Oct. 2, 2010 at the Bishop Care Center. He was 92.
Rocky attended Irvine Elementary School and graduated from Tustin Union High School. His childhood years were spent living on the Irvine Ranch and working with his father driving tractors and threshing machines, and working in the fruit and citrus orchards.
He enjoyed body surfing at his favorite beach in Laguna Beach where he could get away from chores on the ranch.
He married his high school sweetheart, Harriet Ulrich, in 1936 and began working for Tustin Union High School. After a few years, he went to work for the Southern California Edison Company in Fullerton. In 1968 he transferred to the Bishop office, where he worked until he retired in 1982.
In his retirement years he enjoyed camping and fishing with friends and traveling throughout the West. One of his main passions, besides visiting with friends and his family, was playing golf several times a week. Among his highlights was his hole-in-one on No. 17 at the Bishop Country Club, and shooting his age when he was 83.
He and Harriet bowled in many leagues over the years and have many trophies to attest to his ability in that sport. He was a lover of all sports, particularly football and golf.
He was a strong Christian, having served as deacon, elder and trustee in the Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed the Sierra, and prior to moving to Bishop, spent many summer vacations with the family in the areas around Lake Sabrina. He especially enjoyed the family “retreats” in the Coyote Flats area each Labor Day with his sons, son-in-law, grandsons and brother-in-law. In later years, the “retreats” were spent in a cabin in the Big Pine Creek area. Many fond memories were formed in those outings.
Rocky would enjoy a good joke, and was known to tell a few of his own, some questionable.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
He is survived by his loving wife, Harriet of Bishop; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Cheryl of Bishop, Philip and Pam of Edmonds, Wash. and Gerald and Victoria of Healdsburg; daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and William of Newport Beach; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Junior Golf Program at the Bishop Country Club or to the charity of one’s choice.