The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 8, 2011

Ralph Gilbert Stover


The Joplin Globe, 2011

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 paulthomasfuneralhomes.com