Born Oct. 6, 1922, in Matthews, son of the late John Don "J.D." and Byrd Dover, he was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran who served as a bombardier during World War II. A sheet metal worker, he served as a Scott County commissioner for eight years before retiring. He was active in the Boy Scouts for 25 years during which time their jamborees were held on his farm.
On Feb. 22, 1946, he married Billie June North who preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 1998, after 52 years of marriage.
On June 3, 2000, he married Joyce Ann Griffith Roberts who survives of the home in Oran.
Other survivors include: two sons, Joseph Dover and James Dover of Sikeston; two stepsons, Cletus Leake of Sikeston and David Leake of Center; two stepdaughters, Reva Hurd of Jefferson City and Terena Gamble of Ellsbery; one brother, Veschel Dover of Morehouse; one sister, Hazel Howe of St. Louis; and 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and first wife, six brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.