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 www.meredith-clark.com . Info: 812-597-4670