William Robert Stover
1921 - 2015

On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, Bob Stover went to be with the Lord he loved and served for seven decades. Following his time as a Navy commander in the Pacific Theater during World War II, Stover moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he began his own business. The Western Employers Service, the first staffing agency on the West Coast, eventually grew to over 300 worldwide offices, and today is known as Westaff.

Stover met Jesus while attending Berkeley Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Dr. Robert Munger. That decision led Stover to invest his gifts and resources in many Christian organizations including the Presbyterian Lay Committee, Fuller Theological Seminary, Luis Palau, Billy Graham Crusade Oakland and, of course, Young Life.

A lifetime member of the Young Life Board of Trustees, Stover served from 1959 to 1963 and 1965-2015. From his earliest days of driving kids overnight to Frontier Ranch to becoming chairman and lifetime member of the board, Stover was a model of encouragement to the men and women of this mission. God touched countless lives through his overwhelming wisdom, generosity and faithfulness, inspired by his love for the Savior.

Ted Johnson, former interim president and now full-time volunteer, remembers his friend fondly. “I saw Bob Stover up close for 60 years. Jesus Christ was number one in his life, not only in the area of missions, but in his worldwide business. Bob was a visionary, who had a ‘Ronald Reagan style’ of selling that vision, along with a rare sense of humor. The world is immeasurably better because of this one life, well-lived.”

On behalf of the five presidents, thousands of staff and volunteers, and millions of kids he served, the mission is thankful for Bob Stover and his more than five decades of service to Young Life.

Stover is survived by his wife, Joan, his son, Stephen, his daughters Susan and Amy, and six grandchildren.