Donald R. Stover
Birth date: October 6, 1934
Death date: July 5, 2012
Donald R. Stover, 77, of Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids and formerly of Iowa City and Coralville, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 5, 2012 at St. Lukeís Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.
A time to celebrate Donís life will begin Thursday at 1:00 pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue in Iowa City. The family invites friends to share stories & remembrances with them during this time.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to The American Parkinsonís Disease Association.
Don was born October 6, 1934 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of Frederick E. and Myrtle I. (Grantham). Since his father was a union steamfitter during the depression the family lived in several states before settling down in Iowa.
Don graduated from University High School in Iowa City Ė where he played football and excelled in his studies. He played tenor saxophone in concert and jazz band.
He received his Bachelorís of Engineering from the University of Iowa, where he played in the Iowa Marching Band. He also earned his Masters in Mathematics from UCLA and ultimately his PhD in Engineering from the University of Iowa.
He married Velma Kirkpatrick June 10, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri. Moving to Marion in 1962, he worked as an engineer with Rockwell Collins for 30 years, retiring in 1991. Don and Velma escaped Iowa winters by traveling to Tucson, Arizona for many years.
Don was a member of St. Paulís Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, as well as a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Phi and Eta Kappa Nu Fraternities. He was also listed in Whoís Who in America. Don enjoyed snow skiing yet his love was tennis. Don participated in several area leagues and the Iowa Games Ė which produced several singles and doubles trophies.
Survivors include his wife Velma, son Roy Stover (Dee) of Hiawatha; grandchildren, Matthew, Carlin and Timothy and a great-granddaughter Anabella Eve.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.