Obituary for George Franklin 'Joe' Stover

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George Franklin 'Joe' Stover

December 24, 1932 - January 28, 2014

George Franklin 'Joe' Stover, age 81 passed peacefully Tuesday evening, January 28, 2014 at The Waters of Martinsville Nursing Home in Martinsville, IN. He was a resident of Morgantown and a former resident of Lebanon, IN and Hillsdale, MI.

Joe was born on December 24, 1932 in Jackson, MI, to the late George V. and Ruby Rachel (Richmond) Stover. He was a 1951 graduate of Hillsdale High School in Hillsdale, MI and went on to graduate from Hillsdale College. Joe served with the United States Army from 1955 to 1956 during the Korean War. After his service to his country, Joe taught Chemistry & Math at the Standish-Sterling High School in Standish, MI. for three years. Then he went to work for Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis as a Sales Manager from 1964 to 1973 and then retired in 1985 from Northwest Industries after 15 years of service.

Joe 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 of "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 & 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, SC; and a brother: Robert 'Bob' (Jill) Stover of Nappanee, IN.

He was preceded in death by his life companion of 30 years, Mary Jane (Hamilton) Woods on December 31, 2012. He will be deeply missed by Mary Jane's children and their families who loved and cared for him greatly: Robin (Ted) Saras of Hoffman Estates, IL, Teresa (late, Michael) Woods & Jamie (Shelly) Woods both of Martinsville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Pastor Kyle Hunter will conduct a funeral service on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. A Committal Service will be held at Bankers Cemetery in Hillsdale, MI 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.

Condolences may be made to the Stover family at . Info: 812-597-4670


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Born: December 24, 1932
Died: January 28, 2014

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Sharon Kain posted on 1/1/00

Joe's mother, Ruby, was friends with Steve's father in Lebanon. Mary Jane was married to our uncle Bobby and she hosted a wedding shower for me. Joe was a good companion for Mary Jane and my cousins in the woods family. We grieve with the entire family. We found it to be a small world whe we met Joe and Ruby.


Karen Brock posted on 1/1/00

Joe: I'll never forget meeting you more than 20 years ago. Our casual chats over the years have always been fun. Can't say that I ever met anyone like you before. We all will miss you but I know that Mary Jane is happy to be walking hand in hand with you again. Rest in peace.


Jack Tanselle posted on 1/1/00

Joey and family, I send my condolences on the passing of your father. Like many in Lebanon, I have fond memories of seeing Mr. Stover so often in the morning on the course at Ulen with Mr. Haboush, usually finishing 18 holes before most people had left their house for the day. I have fond memories of my childhood friendship with Joey as well and wanted him and the rest of the family to know that I was thinking about them. Jack Tanselle


robin stover posted on 1/1/00

"out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. i will meet you there." - Rumi


Donald & Marjorie (Covey) Cole posted on 1/1/00

I remember Joe - and Robert. They lived near Bankers, MI and I assume went to school here. 'Tho' he was probably in High School by the time I started school. I'm only 74. I have a picture somewhere that shows the neighborhood kids playing ball at the school diamond and Joe running bases. What sweet memories. Our sympathies to the family on Joe's passing. Don also remembers Joe. May the family find comfort in many good memories. God bless all of you. Marjorie