Riley “Smokey” Stover • April 24, 2020



Riley “Smokey” Stover, age 79, returned to his heavenly home on April 24, 2020. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him throughout his life.

Riley was born in Tiffin, Ohio to Eva Louise Brittingham and James Glenn Stover. The youngest of twelve children, he grew up surrounded by love and laughter, and never passed an opportunity to make a stranger a friend.

He graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in Upper Sandusky, Ohio in 1959.

Riley met his wife of 55 years in Pensacola, Florida while serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Lexington. They were married June 25, 1965. They raised their two children in an atmosphere of love and Christian faith.

He worked and retired from BNSF Railroad after 33 years as an engineer. He loved pulling trains, flying the Cessna 172, golfing and gardening.

He is dearly missed by his friends and loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

Riley is survived by his wife, Ann; his son, Gary; his daughter, Cheryl Wilson (son-in-law Sam); his grandchildren, Megan, Charlie and Henry; and his sisters, Anita Spiegel (husband Max), Rita Nickelson and Phyllis Griffin.

Visitation will be 10:30 AM on Monday April 27 at Pensacola Memorial Gardens with services at 11 AM. We will be observing the CDC guidelines and the service will be live-streamed at https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1065015
The password for viewing this webcast has been set to: 20080. Please call 850-529-6201 or 850-944-0355 with any questions.

He will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery. Reverend Dale Patterson will officiate the service.

  1. Mary Werner says:

    Uncle Riley gave us a lifetime of wonderful memories. His smile, laughter, and love of family were present the moment he entered a room. Riley’s bride, Ann Stover, has been the heart of his life for over 60 years.

    He will be greatly missed and his memory will remain in our hearts forever.

  2. Janice Ruth says:

    What a lovely man inside and out. Always made you feel right at home in his home. Blessings to the whole family on this tremendous loss!

  3. David Bucher says:

    Riley was a good friend and we lived only 3 houses from each other while living in Nevada, OH. He had to move while in school so we lost track after he moved but gladly we got back together in later years I have a picture above my computer of him & I hugging while around 10 years old. I will miss him!! Dave

  4. Mary Werner says:

    BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY WILL BE COMFORTED.

    -MATTHEW 5:4

  5. Mary Werner says:

    BUT I WILL SING OF YOUR STRENGTH, IN THE MORNING I WILL SING OF YOUR LOVE; FOR YOU ARE MY FORTRESS MY REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE.

    -PSALM 59:16

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