Rev. Dr. Robert E. Stover
1926 - 2021
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Rev. Dr. Robert E. Stover

On April 19, 2021 the Rev. Dr. Robert E. Stover went to be with the Lord at the age of 95 in Reno, NV. Bob is survived by his wife of 72 years, Sarah Anna (Bieber) Stover; three sons and daughters-in law: John (Beth) Denver, CO, Mark (Regie) Collegeville, PA, David (Cheryl) Reno, NV; 6 grandchildren: Lisa, Sarah (Jeff), Casey (Brenden), Andrew, Camille, Abigail and 5 great grandchildren: Roman, Carter, Victoria, Brooklyn and Ember. Bob always had a special place in his heart for all his nieces and nephews.

Bob was born March 8, 1926 in Columbia, PA to Elmer and Nora Stover and was the 5th of 6 children. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Bob attended Midshipman's School at Columbia University in 1945. He served as a Navy officer during World War II in the Pacific Theater aboard a tanker and later a troop ship. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics. He taught Mathematics at the Tyrone, PA High School. Bob graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1952. In 1977 he received 1.5 years of specialized clinical training at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Wash., DC to become a hospital chaplain. Bob received his Doctor of Theology degree from International Theological Seminary at the age of 80. His doctoral thesis was: "The Relationship between Faith in God and One's Health" which served as the basis for the book he authored, Becoming Well Again.

Bob felt privileged to serve as pastor, associate and supply pastor for churches in North Dakota (Belfield, Watford City); New York (Andover, Belmont, Lowville, Oneida Castle, Wappingers Falls); Idaho (Boise); California (Hollywood) and Nevada (Reno, Henderson, Hawthorne).

He served as a chaplain in several Medical Centers: in Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Presbyterian) and in Reno, NV (Renown Regional, Tahoe Pacific, and Renown South Meadows). He was known as "Chaplain Bob". Bob felt blessed to be able to serve as Chaplain at the Reno hospitals until the age of 92. He was always seen in the halls of the hospitals providing comfort to those who were suffering and grieving and providing encouragement to the hard working staff. Bob was often called in on weekends and during the night to minister to those who were in the midst of tragedy. He provided much comfort and support to people through his work with grief and cancer support groups. He occasionally served during his "retirement years" in Reno as a Holland America Cruise Chaplain aboard several cruises over a 10 year period.

Bob cherished the friendships that were forged throughout his ministry at the churches and hospitals he served. Bob and his family are very grateful for and appreciative of the loving care and professional services provided by the Renown hospital staff during his stays as a patient.

Bob was a dedicated jogger most of his life and completed 3 L.A. Marathons, carried the Olympic Torch in Reno for the 2002 Winter Olympics and skied until the age of 78. He was proud to participate in a 2015 Honor Flight to Washington, DC with other veterans and enjoyed being a member of various organizations including the Free Masons, Barnacles, and the Nevada Civil Air Patrol.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the many caregivers who enabled Bob to remain at home until his passing.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 19. Details of the service will be found on the St. John's website as available. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to St. John's Presbyterian Church, Renown Health Foundation, or to your favorite charity.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from May 5 to May 16, 2021.
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May 16, 2021
I knew Chaplain Stover while at Washoe Med. Whether at work or out and about the Chaplain would stop and share some of his time and his big smile. I worked with his son Dave for many years and would like to offer my condolences to him and the Chaplain’s entire family. - Eternal rest grant unto Robert, O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon him.
Chuck Baker
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