Howard Joseph HoveHoward Joseph Hove, 84, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away July 17, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Osnabrock , North Dakota.
Howard Joseph Hove
Howard Joseph Hove, 84, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away July 17, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Osnabrock , North Dakota.
Howard was born April 14, 1925 in Osnabrock Township, Cavalier County, the son of Hans and Julia (Erickson) Hove and the grandson of Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded in 1884 in Cavalier County. He was baptized and confirmed in Highland Lutheran Church, rural Fairdale. He attended Osnabrock Township Consolidated School and graduated from Nekoma High School in 1944.
He was very active in 4-H and in basketball. The following year (1944-45) he coached the Nekoma High School basketball team. Later he farmed with his father.
He married Marion Wiken at the Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks on June 22, 1952. They have two sons: Michael (Brenda) of Bismarck and Mark (Ingrid) of Devils Lake. He enjoyed the lives and interests of his four grandchildren: Matthew, Benjamin, Erik, and Brooke.
Howard was interested in sports, especially basketball which he played during and after high school. He also played baseball, bowling, snow skiing, water skiing and horse shoe. He was a lifelong hunter and sportsman. He was a recipient of the Eastern Cavalier County Soil Conservation Award, Take Pride in America Award, Centennial Farm Award, 1995 Tree Steward Award, and American Tree Farm System Award.
Howard was active in his community and state. He served on the Agassiz Health Systems Agency for 22 years, was appointed by Gov. Link and was reappointed by Gov. Olson to the State Health Coordinating Council. He also served on the United Hospital Corporate Board in Grand Forks for 8 years. Howard served on the Nekoma Elevator Board for 15 years (10 years as president). Howard was a Lutheran Brotherhood branch officer for 26 years. He Served on the Tri-County School Reorganization Board for 6 years, and the Cavalier County Job Development for 5 years. He was president of the Osnabrock Good Samaritan Board for 6 years. Howard was active in the District #10 Republican party and was elected to the N. D. State House of Representatives and served in the 1979-1980 Legislature.