Richard Hovland, 85, Albert Lea

Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 19, 2013

Richard E. Hovland died Jan. 7, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. He was 85 years, 1 month and 7 days old. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 1 at the North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in rural Bricelyn. The Rev. Milton Ost will officiate.

Richard Hovland

Richard Hovland

Richard was born to Alfred and Bennia (Anderson) Hovland on Nov. 24, 1927. He was baptized by the Rev. Hans O. Mosby. He was confirmed at the North Blue Earth Church by the Rev. H.K. Narum. On June 26, 1949, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Lange at North Blue Earth Church by the Rev. H.K. Narum. They had four children, Carroll R. Hovland, Julie Yahnke (Jim), Laurie Hovland and Sue Wright (Steven).

Richard had basic training at Camp Rucker in Alabama. His active service was in Korea with the First Calvary Division, 8th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company K, from January 1950 until late spring of 1952. He farmed for a number of years, then worked as a graphic artist for many years. He was also employed at the Camelback Inn in Phoenix, Ariz. He received an Employee of the Month award.

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He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of 63 years of marriage; one sister, Ramona Legred (Arlen); one brother-in-law, Howard (JoAnn) Lange; grandchildren, Casey (Jenny) Hamborg, Kelly Hamborg and son, Avary; many cousins, especially Phyllis and Carmen Mundale, Bonnie (Mundale) and Bill Ashpole, Eileen (Anderson) Krinke, Lester (Lois) Anderson, Verlie (Anderson) Kaupa (Gerald) and Bonnie (Anderson) Weum (Gordy); and one sister, Sharon Johnson (Ronny).

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.