The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Obituaries

June 8, 2011

Ralph Gilbert Stover

MIAMI, OK — Ralph Gilbert Stover, 85, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Miami Hospital after being in St. John's Hospital during the Joplin tornado. Ralph was born July 16, 1925, to Louisa (Porter) and Chauncey Stover in Columbus, Kan. Ralph married Betty Hudson on Aug. 25, 1946, in Treece, Kan. She survives of the home. Ralph worked in the floor covering business since 1954. He started the Stover's Floor Covering in 1970 and retired in 2001. However, he continued to go to the store to "supervise" each morning. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He loved wood working and gardening. The family would like to give special thanks to Nurse Bekki Johnson at St John¹s Hospital and Nurse Kathy Hicks at the Miami Hospital for the special care they gave him. Also, to John Seay for his help carrying our dad to safety after the tornado. Ralph is survived by his wife, Betty; one son and his wife, Rodney and Becky Stover, of Miami; two daughters, Virginia Foster of Jenks and Belinda and husband Rod Pfeiffer, of Pryor, Okla.; nine grandchildren, Lesley Whitewater, Greg Stover, Dusty Stover, Brian Foster, Rusty Stover, Levi Pfeiffer, Jason Scott, Kim Harmon and Ashlee Stover; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers. Funeral services will be at Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami on Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. Burial will immediately follow services at GAR Cemetery. The family will receive family and friends at 6 p.m. at Paul Thomas Funeral Home on June 7. Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse to benefit the Joplin tornado victims. Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. Online condolences may be made at

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Tornado: Obituaries
  • Dorothy M. Johnston

    Dorothy M. Johnston, age 91 of Joplin, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    September 13, 2011

  • Sweet, Gregan.jpg Gregan Douglas Sweet

    Gregan Douglas Sweet, age 59, of Joplin, passed away from injuries sustained in the tornado on May 22, 2011.

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  • J.T. Strickland

    J.T. Strickland, 85, a motel manager, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011.

    July 9, 2011

  • Gaudsmith,Charles.jpg Charles K. Gaudsmith Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Gideon,Billie.jpg Billie Jo Gideon Billie Jo Gideon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord early Monday, May 23, 2011, at Freeman Hospital from injuries suffered during the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Lansaw,don.jpg Donald Wayne Lansaw Mr. Donald Wayne Lansaw Jr., 31, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life suddenly on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, at his home from injuries sustained in the devastating Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Martha Jane Webb

    Martha Jane Webb, 76, Nevada, Mo., formerly of Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, in the Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo., from injuries sustained in the May 22, Joplin tornado.

    June 25, 2011

  • Bresee,Burnice.jpg Burnice Bresee

    Burnice M. Bresee, age 91, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital from complications with her health following the Joplin tornado.

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  • Grace Marie Sanders

    Grace Marie Sanders passed from this life at 3:08 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at St. John’s Intensive Care Unit in Springfield, Mo., from complications following surgery.

    June 22, 2011

  • Alice L. Cope

    Alice L. Hudson Cope, 79, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011.

    June 21, 2011