He was born on Jan. 10, 1935, in Parsons to William Roy Stover and Ella Mabel (Weakley) Stover. He graduated from Labette County Community High School at Altamont and also attended classes at Labette Community College.
From 1953 to 1957, he was employed by Peter Kewitt Construction Co. and then served a two-year enlistment in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ottawa, Ill. After attending a barber school in 1960-61, he operated a barber shop at 3012 Main from 1961 to 1976. In 1976, he started Stover Oil Co., and in 1977 he bought the service station at 32nd and Main, leasing it until 1981, when he started Stover’s Standard Service Station, a full-service station. He started Stover Trucking Co. in 1981, and then he retired in 2008.
Pat was involved in numerous activities throughout his life. He learned upholstery and took agriculture and mechanic classes. He sponsored a car for the soap box derby through Pat’s Barber Shop and now the car is in the Parsons Historical Museum.
He took flying lessons and learned to play golf, although he was usually too busy to enjoy the game. He loved traveling, camping, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Parsons V.F.W. and played a major role in bringing the memorial wall and flag to the post. He had served as president of the JayCees and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. In the 1960s and 1970s, he served as a trustee of Labette County Medical Center. He had served on the Parsons Credit Union board.
He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and served on the building committee to rebuild the church after it burned.
The most important part of his life was his family. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In earlier years, he remodeled his parents’ home, built a home for his mother and built an addition to his own home and the home of his wife’s parents. He enjoyed living on his farm, raising pigs and cattle, ducks, chickens and guineas.
On Sept. 17, 1955, he married Margaret Carol Tredway in Parsons. In 2005 they celebrated their 50th anniversary. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Myron D. Stover and his wife, Su, David L. Stover and his wife, Maria, and Clinton D. Stover, all of Parsons; a daughter, R. Gaylene Swayze and her husband, Rocky, of Erie; nine grandchildren, Jamie Collins and his wife, Shellie, Cameron Collins and his wife, Suzy, Ryan Stover and his wife, Amber, Angeliah Stover, Andrew Stover, Samantha Stover, Chelsey Buntin and her husband, Chris, Jared Swayze and his fiancee, Kim Hunn, and Shanna Swayze; and great-grandchildren, Brett Collins, Scott Collins, Brenden Collins, Colten Collins, Raimi Buntin, Sage Buntin, Monique Stover and Tommy Stover.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and two siblings who died at childbirth.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military honors given by the Parsons V.F.W. The family will receive friends at Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorials are suggested to either Faith United Methodist Church or the Parkinson’s Association and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.