Lee’s Summit neighborhood dedicates bench and trail in honor Harry M. Stone

rpulley@lsjournal.comJuly 3, 2013 

The Winterset community in Lee’s Summit today is dedicating a bench and trail in memory of Harry M. Stone, who died last year in a senseless shooting.

The reception begins at 5 p.m. July 5, with the dedication at 5:30 p.m. followed by a community picnic.

Stone’s family is to be at the event.

David Gale, President of Gale Communities, which built the Winterset subdivisions, said Stone, 60, was almost to his six-year anniversary as property manager when he was killed.

“None of us are able to get our heads around this one,” Gale said. “He was as wonderful man as you’d like to meet. So often it happens to the wrong person to take, and Harry was the wrong person.”

The investigation continues in the apparently random shooting that happened on Mother’s Day in 2012, Raytown police said. They were looking for a dark-colored, four-door car with at least two occupants that fled the scene. A $20,000 reward has been offered for information that can lead to solving the case, through the TIPS-Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

Stone also had been a golf course superintendent at Unity Village.

He jogged daily near his home in Raytown and was shot while jogging about 7:20 a.m. near 67th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Police found him collapsed in the grass and he died later at hospital.

Known for his helpfulness, Stone trimmed hedges for a neighbor, tossed newspapers closer to the door for other neighbors on daily walks, and mowed the lawn for a neighbor four months while that neighbor recuperated from a car wreck.

Stone often spent afternoons perfecting his own lawn. He played an important role in improving the trail at Winterset.

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