July 10, 1918 - February 5, 2017
Larry Dover passed peacefully into his Heavenly Father’s arms Sunday, February 5, 2017 at home. Larry "Dick" Dover was born July 10, 1918 in Madison, Nebraska to John B. and Eva M. (Graesser) Dover.
He grew up in the farm country of northeastern Nebraska and graduated from Norfolk High School at 16, having skipped a grade. He then earned a degree from the Business College in Grand Island. Shortly thereafter, he started his job in the war department in Washington, D.C.
While there, he qualified for the United States Air Force Aviation Cadet Training Program. After rigorous training at several bases, he became a B-29 pilot, heading overseas in 1944. He flew 26 combat missions, being forced to bail out over China on his second one. His final mission was over Tokyo Bay in a formation of 435 B-29s while the Japanese surrendered below.
Shortly after the war he started his career with the Veteran’s Administration in Vancouver, Washington. It was during this time that Larry met his future wife, Georgia Ruth Gateley.
They married in 1948 and gave their lives to Christ soon after. Not long after their third of six children was born, they moved to the Rogue Valley. Larry worked at the VA Domiciliary in White City until his semi-retirement in 1978 when he and Georgia moved to their rural property on Little Butte Creek near Brownsboro. With help from two sons, he built their dream home and raised a fine herd of beef cattle that kept him active into his nineties.
Larry was a devout Christian, devoted husband and father with a strong work ethic and a great sense of humor. He especially loved hunting and fishing around the northwest, bowling, boating, golf, and softball. He had a green thumb as a gardener. He was highly accomplished but modest, thrifty yet generous, strict and supportive — a pillar of the community.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Brownsboro Community Church.
Larry lived his life with a song in his heart!