Stanley E. Dove, 87, of Castle Rock died at the Belleview Heights Memory Care Center in Aurora Aug. 6, 2016.
He was born in Crawford June 27, 1929. He was raised by his grandparents, Grant and Ina Dove, and graduated from Crawford High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
Following his discharge in 1950 he married Dessa Hawker of Austin in November and they moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he was employed by Douglas Aircraft Company. While employed there for eight years he attended Long Beach City College obtaining a degree in electronics. In 1958 he accepted employment with the Martin Marietta Company in Waterton. He remained with that firm until his retirement in 1989. A test engineer, Mr. Dove designed electrical/electronic test procedure and equipment and conducted testing on airborne electrical units including the Titan ICBM missile that was the workhorse of the space program. This included testing on the lunar landing mission and other probes into the solar system.
Mr. Dove is survived by his son, Tom (Judy) Dove of Brighton; daughter, Debra (John) Noe of Cedaredge; twin brothers, Garald (Jean) and Gerald (Judy) Rundle of Delta County; sister, Velda (Bob) Wilburn of Louisiana; sister-in-law, Peggy Rundle of Grand Junction; granddaughter, Shay Lyn (Brandon) Karjola of Castle Rock; and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dessa, in 2004; his mother, Mamie Dove Rundle; stepfather, Robert Rundle of Austin; and brothers, Charles and Monte Rundle.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Cory Cemetery with a reception for family and friends at the Orchard City Town Hall beginning at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.