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George Franklin ‘Joe’ Stover, 81, Morgantown

George Franklin "Joe" Stover, 81, Morgantown, passed peacefully Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2014 at The Waters of Martinsville Nursing Home in Martinsville. He was a former resident of Lebanon and Hillsdale, Mich.

Joe was born Dec. 24, 1932 in Jackson, Mich., to the late George V. and Ruby Rachel (Richmond) Stover. He was a 1951 graduate of Hillsdale High School in Hillsdale, Mich. and went on to graduate from Hillsdale College. Joe served with the United States Army from 1955 to 1956 during the Korean War. After service to his country, Joe taught chemistry and math at Standish-Sterling High School in Standish, Mich. for three years. Then he went to work for Eli Lilly and 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 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 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 Dec. 31, 2012. He will be deeply missed by Wood’s children and their families who loved and cared for him greatly, Robin (Ted) Saras of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Teresa (the late Michael) Woods and Jamie (Shelly) Woods, both of Martinsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

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 can call from 2 p.m. until service time Saturday, Feb. 1 at the funeral home. A committal service will be conducted at Bankers Cemetery in Hillsdale, Mich. at a later date. 

Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Joe to the Salvation Army Church, 168 S. Jefferson St. Nashville, IN 47448.

Condolences can be made to the Stover family at

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