George Franklin “Joe” Stover, 81, of Morgantown, formerly of Lebanon and Hillsdale, Mich., passed peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at The Waters of Martinsville Nursing Home in Martinsville.
Joe was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Jackson, Mich., to the now late George V. and Ruby Rachel (Richmond) Stover. He was a 1951 graduate of Hillsdale High School in Hillsdale, and went on to graduate from Hillsdale College. Joe served with the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1956 during the Korean War. After his service to his country, Joe taught chemistry and math at the Standish-Sterling High School in Standish, Mich., for three years. He then went to work for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis as a sales manager from 1964 to 1973, and then retired in 1985 from Northwest Industries after 15 years of service.
He was a true salesman who enjoyed his travels throughout the United States and into Europe, Africa, Alaska and other parts of the world. Even while working his regular job, he sold advertising on the side. At one time, he convinced associates to invest in a portable can smasher, which was used to smash commercial grade chemical cans. This adventure earned him the name “Gypsy Joe.”Joe was an avid golfer and a loyal member of Tameka Woods Golf Course in Trafalgar, where he was known as “Five Toes” to his playing partners. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and training bird dogs. In his early years, Joe enjoyed racing go-karts with his son Joey, and was a member of the Senior Stock Go-Karts Association.
Joe is survived by his children, Joey Stover, Robin Stover and Roseanne (Tom) Hayes, all of Charleston, S.C.; and a brother, Robert “Bob” (Jill) Stover of Nappanee.
He was preceded in death by his life companion of 30 years, Mary Jane (Hamilton) Woods on Dec. 31, 2012. He will be deeply missed by Mary Jane’s children and their families who loved and cared for him greatly. They include Robin (Ted) Saras of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Teresa (late, Michael) Woods and Jamie (Shelly) Woods, both of Martinsville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Pastor Kyle Hunter will conduct a funeral service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St., Morgantown. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. A committal service will be held at Bankers Cemetery in Hillsdale at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Joe to the Salvation Army Church, 168 S. Jefferson St., Nashville, IN 47448.
Online condolences may be made at www.meredith-clark.com.