SARASOTA, Fla. - Richard "Dick" O. Stover, 92, slipped the surly bonds of earth on Jan. 28, 2015, in Sarasota.
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He was born the son of Shirley Stover and Victorine Stover Dana on Jan. 3, 1923, in Bradford, Pa.
He was a graduate of the DeVeaux Military Academy, Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1942, and was named the top cadet in the school for that year. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received a commission as a primary flight instructor during World War II.
He married Geraldine R. Decker, a fellow Navy officer and registered nurse, on Jan. 31, 1945, at the Bunker Hill Naval Station in Peru, Ind. She preceded him in death in October 1989.
Surviving are a son, Richard Jr. in Sarasota, and his daughter, Janine Krantz in Mainesburg, Pa. He was the proud grandfather of Jake Krantz and Debbie Schmidt. Also surviving are his sister, Ann Dana Bowman of Bradford and Joseph Dana of Phoenix, Ariz.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Dana.
He was an avid pilot for 53 years after earning his pilot's license at the age of 17. He retired from the Federal Aviation Agency after 20 years as an air traffic controller at Bradford Regional Airport. He loved carpentry work and built numerous pieces of furniture for his friends and family. He was a volunteer at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center and always enjoyed helping others. He possessed an infectious sense of humor and cared deeply for all animals, especially his precious Boston Terriers. He was also a former officer in the local Civil Air Patrol.
Dick passed away at the home of and in the care of his son, with assistance from Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota.
At his request, there will be no services and his cremated ashes will be buried in his family's plot, beside his wife and mother, at Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford.
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, 2015