David Christopher Stover departed this world on April 7, 2023. David was born on January 26, 1945, in Macon, Missouri. He graduated in 1963 from Bowling Green High School, salutatorian of his class. David’s education continued when he enrolled into the University of Missouri, from which he graduated with a degree in mathematics and statistics in 1967. David’s passion and commitment to Mizzou was unrivaled. Throughout his life, David proudly exhibited his love of MU in the clothing he wore and by displaying Truman the Tiger in his home and office (even naming one of his beloved pets “Truman”).
David served his country in the United States Air Force Weather Wing, during which time he developed his lifelong interest in weather. David loved to identify cloud formations and was awed by the power and beauty of the atmosphere. David’s interest in weather stemmed from his love of nature. David spent the time he could visiting and enjoying places of natural beauty, including vacationing to national parks and hiking local nature trails.
David’s career at MU continued when he enrolled in the law school, receiving his juris doctor in 1974. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Sandra Spence, to whom he was married on October 11, 1975. In 1977, David and Sandra moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which they made their home for 45 years. David practiced law for more than forty years, including as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, before he retired a partner with the law firm Gunn, Shank & Stover, P.C. in 2018.
David’s many passions kept him active during his retirement. David’s natural talents enabled him to pursue several interests, which are too numerous to list. But his love of music, which he acquired from his mother, was lifelong. David played the French horn since he was a child and continued to perform in various brass ensembles throughout his life. David’s education was not solely formal, he loved learning and spent his life reading and accumulating knowledge. But David’s greatest love was for his family, to whom he was unconditionally devoted. For every holiday, David prepared incomparable feasts for his loved ones to enjoy.
David was beloved by all who were privileged to have experienced his kind and generous spirit. David is survived by his wife and soulmate, Sandra Stover, his sons C. Spence Stover and Aaron K. Stover, and his siblings Ann Shair and Richard Stover. He is predeceased by his parents, Norman Stover and Marievelyn Eisenberg Clemens.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at David’s second home, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 1815 N.E. Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64086, on April 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, anybody wishing to honor David make donations to either of the following organizations David loved: St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and the National Parks Conservation Association.