Herbert Gwinn Stover IV, known to friends and family as "Mark" or "Smokey Jr." was born March 10, 1955, the son of Herbert G. Stover III and the late Doris June Buebel in Baltimore, Md., and died on Dec. 22, 2008, at his home in Koshkonong, Mo., at the age of 53.
He was united in marriage June 1, 2002, in Koshkonong, Mo. to Julia Waeltz.
He was offered a principal appointment at West Point and an alternate appointment at Annapolis, but chose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force for five years. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force for five years. He worked in high security as a Missile System Analyist working with Minutemen Missiles. He distinguished himself as a Small Arms Expert receiving a Marksman Ribbon, the NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and Air Force Longevity Ribbon.
Mark was an auto mechanic and designer/builder. He owned his own company, Stover Renovations, doing building restorations throughout the southern Missouri area. He was a member of the congregation of Shiloh Grand Gulf Church in Thayer, Mo.
He is survived by: his parents, Herbert G. Stover III "Smokey Sr." and Pamela of Thayer, Mo.; two sisters, Dawn McPherson and husband, Rodger of Thayer, Mo., and M. Capri Shoeman and husband, Terry, of Lantana, Fla.; four nieces; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his mother who died July 22, 1966; and one sister, Diane Robin Madden.
Funeral services were Dec. 26 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Ron Richardson and Dennis Williams officiating.
Burial followed in the Thayer Cemetery with arrangements being made under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.