Stephen Leech Stover
Stephen Leech Stover, age 97 of Manhattan, Kansas, died peacefully on December 17, 2016 at his home at Meadowlark Hills, Manhattan with his family beside him.
He was born the 10th August 1919 in McPherson Kansas. He was the third child of four children of Stephen Augustus Stover and Mabel Irene Leech Stover. He lived his whole childhood in McPherson. In 1940, he graduated from McPherson College and earned his MA degree from the University of Kansas.
He served as a non-combatant soldier in WWII. When his prowess as a middle distance runner was recognized by his superiors at Ft Warren, (Cheyenne, Wyoming), he was recruited into the permanent cadre. The stability of his time at Ft Warren allowed him to establish himself as part of the Methodist youth group in Cheyenne – and it was here that he met and fell in love with Enid Harcleroad. They married in McPherson on a hot day – 16 July 1944.
After the war he became a high school history teacher and was vice-principal for both the High School and Junior College at Garden City, KS. Later, he earned a PhD in historical geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then joined the faculty of the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1964, he and his family moved to Manhattan, Kansas where he accepted a position in the Geography Department at Kansas State University.
Following Enid’s death in 2004, Stephen continued to live independently until 2011 when he moved to Meadowlark Hills where he spent his remaining days. Even as a very elderly man, he was known for his thoughtfulness, his humor and the pleasure he found in the company of others.
He is survived by his five children; Nancy Stover of Manhattan, Merrily Stover and husband Larry Jendro of California, Phil Stover and wife Ann of Quinter, Kansas, Sue Stover and husband Robin Watts of Auckland, New Zealand, and Celia Hansen and husband Tom of Stanwood, Washington. There are13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
His wishes were to donate his remains to University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Memorial services will e held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan with a reception to follow.
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In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be designated to the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan, McPherson College or the Flint Hills Breadbasket, Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.