OBITUARY

Robert James Stover Jr.

February 19, 1957September 17, 2020
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Robert James (Bob) Stover was a man of many talents and accomplishments. Some accomplishments were earned over a lifetime of hard work and effort. Other titles self-bestowed, like title of ”Best-Looking Father in Law”, but still just as deserved.

Bob came into the world on February 19, 1957 and has been making noise ever since. He spent his early years in Omaha and left for the bright lights of Norfolk when he was 9. In high school, he would dominate the football scene with the Norfolk Catholic Knights. After showing everyone in that region how good he was at sports, he left for an illustrious 3 year career in football and track at Papillion High School, not to be confused with Papillion-La Vista High school, he was not fond of that changed. He still holds multiple track records at Papillion. Bob was a 4-sport athlete for a time but ended his NBA aspirations after a dispute with the coach over the length of his hair. Bob was able to drive home the point about his hair by joining an intermural basketball team and helping beat said coach’s team, flowing mane, and all. At the time, the only thing more important to Bob than sports was how ridiculously good looking he was, in his mind and on paper.

Bob met the love of his life, Meredy, while they worked at Younkers together. He worked loss prevention, but we guess that more items went missing after he noticed Meredy and was less focused on the job. Bob out punted his coverage, as he was aware, when he married Meredy on June 21st, 1980. They recently celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss in June. Their lives were made complete when they added two boys to their family, Bobby (the troublemaker) in 1982 and Brett (the serial pouter) in 1986. Their youth was spent with their Pops watching, supporting, and side-line coaching the boys in their sports. Bob was incredibly proud when both of his boys joined the US Marine Corps and to this day was trying to get them to get their stuff out of the basement.

Bob split his time as a husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend as a Police Officer, a state handball champion, and a state BBQ champion, which you would understand if you ever sampled his wares. He and Meredy loved to visit friends and take their motorcycle up to Sturgis. Recently, they found a new community of friends at Cottonwood Marina, spending time at their camper and on their boat, that he was not sure he bought originally. Bob loved to stand out on his dock and yell at those who would go too fast in the no wake zone, he was really leaning into the grumpy get off my lawn attitude.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. & Pansy Stover. Survived by Wife of 40 years Meredy. Sons: Robert III "Bobby" Stover, Brett (Laura) Stover. Brothers: Mike (Vicki) Stover, Ida Grove, IA., David Stover, Bellevue, NE., James Stover, Omaha, NE. Sister: Sue (Norman) VonSeggern, Papillion, NE. Parents in Law: Phil & Marilyn Katt, Fremont, NE. Sisters-In-Law, Janice (Katt) Blankinship, Fremont, and Patsy (Mike) Burdine, Huston, Tx. Nieces, Nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Bob had a wonderful collection of terrible ties and we invite you to “Tie one with Bob” and wear your terrible ties in the coming days. Please feel free to wear them to the service, but don’t worry if you can’t find one, we will have plenty of his for you to wear and take with you.

Memorial Mass Saturday October 10 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Omaha at 10:00 am. Private Family Burial Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Papillion LaVista Schools Athletic Department or Norfolk Catholic Schools Athletic Department.

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  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Mary Helen & Andy Cockle

October 10, 2020

We have known Bob Stover for some time. I met Bob on the Handball Court at the Downtown Y. Over the years we played many times and he was always a ferocious competitor. Besides being a great competitor, I remember Bob as a gentle soul with a big heart and an infectious smile. We had a lot of good times and I will miss him a lot. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as they celebrate a life well lived, may he rest in peace.

Kyle Bohannon

October 10, 2020

I had the joy of working with Bob Stover for the past several years and will never forget the devotion he always had to his Wife, kids and family. I will miss the Charlie Brown Christmas scene he would bring in every year to light up the front desk and the dancing singing snowman he always brought in that was passed down by his Mother. He will be truly missed!

Rick Koziol

October 8, 2020

I worked with Bob at the Westroads mall in the early 80’s, and shortly thereafter we were roommates at the Law Enforcement Academy. How Bob managed to talk the administration out there into letting us be roommates I don’t know but he did have quite the silver tongue. We had ourselves quite a time as you may imagine.

I’ll always remember Bob for the laughter and fun and braggadocio he brought with him wherever he went. But for all the boasting he did, he always knew that he “outkicked his coverage” when he snagged Meredy.
I’m sad to say that I haven’t talked to Bob or Meredy in a while, I looked for his phone number about two months ago or so but had lost it during one of my phone book transfers.
Now I just wish that I would have looked a little harder.
God bless you and your family Meredy, I hope that somehow you can find peace.

Dawn Coles

September 21, 2020

My husband and I had the pleasure of knowing Bob since the Omaha Racers days back in the early 90’s and most recently I worked with Bob at Solutionary/ NTT for 6 1/2 years. Bob always had a smile and said hello whenever I saw him. My prayers are being sent from Dallas to his family! RIH!

Monica Wright

September 21, 2020

Meredy, I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Mirinda Cover

September 21, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Bob the past few years. He was such a pleasure to work with. He would love to give me a hard time in a joking manner. He was always helpful. I had no idea he went to Norfolk Catholic. That is my alma mater too. I’m sure we could have shared some good stories if I had known. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

John Anderson

September 21, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Bob on thr Fremont Police Dept. Bob was so much fun to work with but always had his fellow officers' backs!!! The smiles you see on Bob's face in the different pictures are the same smile we always saw on Bob at FPD. It was an Honor to work with you My Friend! Rest in Peace!!! You will be missed!!!

Dana Douglass

September 20, 2020

Will miss setting at a table with you and Merdy for a Nebraska game at the Office!!!

Tari Blankman

September 20, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Bob; aka “Chief” for over 30 years. He was such a great, funny guy who always brought a smile to my face and fortunately was one of the first people to greet me each morning arriving into the office. Full of stories, sharing memories and laughs. He couldn’t talk enough about his family - it was abundantly clear how much he loved them. I was blessed to know him and I will miss him. RIP Bob and ride that Harley all day long!

Kristina Williams

September 20, 2020

I worked with Bob for the past five years and every time we came in contact at the office he had a cheery Hello for me! Bob was always kind and willing to drop what he was doing to help out a co-worker. He helped me plenty of times. I always enjoyed our chats about family and weekend plans. He spoke with joy about his family.

Bob will be greatly missed and the entire Stover family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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Bob and Meredy at Cottonwood

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Papillion High School football picture

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Bob with Cottonwood friends.

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60th wedding anniversary

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