Earleen Ruth Tone, age 89, passed away July 28, 2014, in Kingman. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Oak Street Baptist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Jerry Dunn and assisted by the Order of Eastern Star #17, Kingman Chapter. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Earleen was the oldest daughter of Earle and Belle Whitmore. She received her education in the Sheldon, Iowa, school, graduating with the class of 1942. She excelled in business and secretarial work.
A first marriage resulted in the birth of her only child, a son, Dean Bloemendaal. The family moved to a farm located in the Sibley, Iowa, area. Due to a serious farm accident, the family realized farming could no longer serve as their lifestyle. They moved to Spencer, Iowa, and Earleen took a job as secretary and "Girl Friday" at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Company.
Problems in the marriage ensued and it was dissolved. Earleen and her son, Dean, moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where Earleen was transferred to the A. Y. McDonald branch. She was secretary to the purchasing agent and in charge of one-half of a Kardex system, covering every item purchased by the company.
After a while, Earleen took a job with Inner-State Oil Company, a distributor for Conoco Oil Company, servicing several filling stations in the area. It was there she met William Tone, manager of one of the top stations. They had many dates and soon decided to marry. They moved to California with son, Dean, and got married.
They enjoyed a busy social life. Dean joined the DeMolays. Bill was on the DeMolay Dad Advisor Board. Earleen was president of the DeMolay Mother's Club, as well as membership chairwoman of Montebello B.P.W.C. and was a model for many of their fashion shows.
Soon Earleen and Bill decided to buy a home in Valinda, Calif. Now Earleen changed jobs and became an executive secretary to five and was also the office manager at Macomber Steel Company, who introduced steel joists to construction.
Mr. Tone's health was causing much concern. Earleen encouraged her husband to apply for an early retirement. They sold their home in Valinda and moved to Kingman. Earleen became employed with Copeland Lumber Company, retiring in 1990 after 12 years.
Earleen and Bill enjoyed a few short years of retirement together. They had an active social life with the Shrine and Masonic chapters. They joined the Order of Eastern Star and American Legion. Earleen joined the hospital auxiliary and Rebekkah Lodge, assuming offices in both.
Mr. Tone's physical condition took a turn for the worst and the remaining years became very confining for both.
In 2009, Earleen and Bill celebrated 50 years of marriage.
She is survived by: son, Dean Bloemendaal, Oregon; granddaughter and her husband, CynDee and Murat Pakyurek, California; granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer and Mark Merrick, Oregon; grandchildren, John T. and Melissa Pakyurek, California; step grandchildren, Lori and John Jagger, Massachusetts; Toni and Mark Kanipe, California; Barry and Sue Tone, Michigan; Roni Amore Tone, Nebraska; Aaron Tone, Washington, D.C.; great granddaughter, Danitza, California; brother, Wayne Whitmore, Iowa; sister, Evelyn Russell, Arkansas; cousins, Gaye Burke, Washington, Charlotte and Darrell Apple, Utah; Roger Kimmel, Missouri; Jeanne Saumie, Arizona; and many nieces, nephew friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Lois Whitmore; sister-in-law Beverly Whitmore; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Bloemendaal; and stepson, Ronald Tone.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Earleen to the Oak Street Baptist Church, 605 East Oak Street, Kingman, Arizona 86401.