Robert James "Rob" Stockover, 57, passed away Tuesday, February 16th 2016 at the Caney Nursing Center. He is now joined with his father James Stockover and his grandfather Carl Reichhardt.
Robert James Stockover was born March 18th, 1958, in Greeley Colorado, to James R & Margaret J (Reichhardt) Stockover. He was raised in Fort Collins, attended Rocky Mountain High School and became an accomplished horseman & learned stained glass from his mentor Carl Reichhardt. But his heart was in Rocky Mountain National Park where his family cabin is. Hiking, mountain climbing, fly fishing, strolling thru the streets of Estes Park, with his "climbing Buddy", his Aunt, Karen Reichhardt.
In 1975, Rob joined the Army. He earned his GED and became a Drill Sargent. Stationed mostly in Germany & Alaska, he excelled in Red Eye Missile Air Defense and was awarded many top honors not only for his achievements but for his ability to train his squadron to be just as effective. After nine years he received an honorable discharge & returned to Colorado where he worked Stained Glass with his Grandfather Carl, taught a stained glass class at Aims Community College & competed in various Mountaineering events. He also worked with his brother Butch Stockover restoring homes.
This big, gruff, Harley riding, mountain man had a thirst for knowledge & he loved to read. Not only was he an artist, but he loved classical music, fine art and old architecture. He enjoyed visiting museums and old churches.
In 1998, he met Julia K. Howard. When she moved to Caney, to be with her Father, John J (Stoney) Howard, Rob left Colorado to join her and her sons, Joshua and Jerod Howard. Rob was employed at Bartlett Flour Mill and on October 25th 2001, they enjoyed a beautiful Catholic Wedding in Caney. Unfortunately, November 26th, 2002 Rob suffered a debilitating stroke at work. He fought hard to go back to the Mill but when it became apparent He couldn't work any more Vocational Rehab helped build him a stained glass shop in the back yard. "Stockover Stained Glass" was born. His work was celebrated and Rob was commissioned to create "The Emerald City" which still hangs on main street above the door of the SKIL Office in Sedan.
In 2007 Rob was moved to a facility in Vinita, Oklahoma for 24 hour medical care. Then he was moved to Independence. He was ultimately moved to Caney Nursing Center. In the summer of 2015, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice stepped in to help. Julia was blessed to be by his side when he passed.
Rob left behind his wife Julia; step-sons Joshua & Jerod Howard; his mother Margaret Stockover, sister Sarah & husband Mark Senn; brother Butch and his wife Maureen Stockover and their daughters, Andrea and Alexa Stockover, all from Fort Collins CO; Karen Reichhardt of Yuma Arizona. John Reichhardt of Estes Park , Colorado & many other Aunts. Uncles. & Cousins.
A memorial service was conducted at the Caney Nursing Center, February 18, under the direction of Potts Chapel Funeral Home, Caney, Kansas. At a future date Rob's ashes will be returned to the love of his youth - Rocky Mountain National Park,Colorado. Online condolences can be shared at www.pottsfuneralhome.com.