Donald Ray Stover, 88, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, at his home in Goshen.
He was born to the late Wilbur and Beatrice (Gephart) Stover on Dec. 13, 1928, in Wilshire, Ohio. On Feb.12, 1947, he married Rose Ann Martens in Wooster, Ohio.
He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Rose Ann Stover, Goshen; sons, Gary (Linda) Stover, Syracuse, and Randy (Yetta) Stover, Versailles, Kentucky; a daughter, Vickie Newman, Oceola; grandchildren, Todd (Kandi) Stover, Chad (Laura) Stover, Ben (Natalie) Showalter, Aaron (Ibi) Newman, Andrea (Chris) LeSeure, Jarad (Abby) Stover; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Beatrice Stover; a sister, Virginia Ruth Bourelle; and brother, Robert Wayne Stover.
Don worked for 47 years with an exceptional work ethic in the grocery industry. For 17 of those years, he was able to work alongside his family by owning and operating the Stover's SuperValu grocery store in Ligonier.
Don was an active member at the Ligonier United Methodist Church. He also was a member with the Shriners in Fort Wayne and was past master of the Masonic Lodge No.185 in Ligonier.
In his spare time, he really enjoyed wood-carving birds, fishing, watching Notre Dame sports on television, yard work, reading and teasing his many grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. A Masonic service will take place at the funeral home following the visitation times.
Friends will also be received on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service time at the church.
A funeral service in Don's honor will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Ligonier United Methodist Church at the Mount, 466 Townline Road, Ligonier. The Rev. Jean Ness will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Shriners Hospital for children in Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL. 60707, or in Cincinnati, 322 Barnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH.45229.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 5, 2017