Joe Thomas Dover, 83, Indianapolis, passed away Thanksgiving Day evening, Nov. 24, 2011 surrounded by the love of his family.
He was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Linton, Greene County, Indiana. He was the son of the late Chauncey Wesley and Mary Alice Fuller Dover. He married Mildred Gehring Dover in 1974 and she preceded him in death October 2, 2010.
He served in the United States Army, 6th Infantry, during WW2.
He was employed as a Lieutenant on the Indianapolis Fire Department for 35 years, retiring in 1989 from Station 34. He was a District Chief's Aid for a number of years.
He owned and operated Dover Appliance Service Company from the 1960's until 1992.
His memberships included the Indiana State Golf Association and Firefighters Union, Local 416. He attended Southeast Baptist Tabernacle Church.
He had a true passion and love for the game of golf beginning in 1965 and played whenever possible. He won several IFD sponsored tournaments and traveled throughout the United States and Canada. He was a Ranger for many years at Smock Golf Course and kept up on all the latest golf equipment and techniques.
He is survived by his beloved daughters: Kathy Dover (Richard) Groves of Greenfield, IN and Pamela Dover (Larry) Spilbeler of Bloomington, IN and sister, Marie Frye of Indianapolis, IN. He had six grandchildren: Kristen, Scott (Amanda) and Todd Hill, Brian (Melanie), Kyle and Jason Spilbeler; 7 great grandchildren: Kyra Hill, Cordeliah & Malachi House, Jackson & Carson Hill and Owen & Mia Spilbeler; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved Scottish Terrier "Maggie".
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Peterson, and his brother, 1st Lt. George Richard Dover.
Service will be Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at noon at Southeast Baptist Tabernacle Church, 6835 Shelbyville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46237.
Calling will be Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 3-7 p.m. at the church and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.
He will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, 410 E. Main St., P. O. Box 114, Mascoutah, IL 62258.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner & Buchannan - Memorial Park in Indianapolis. Friends and family may send their messages of remembrance and support at: www.flannerbuchanan.com