Wayne A. Hovey, 84, Harmony

--obit-hoveyWayne A. Hovey, age 84, of Harmony, Minn. died Friday morning, April 12, 2013 at his home in Harmony.

Wayne was born May 5, 1928 on the family farm in York Township, Fillmore County, Minn. to Knute and Martha (Lietz) Hovey. On June 14, 1952 he married Marilyn Thoreson at Ostrander Lutheran Church. Wayne grew up on the same farm where he and Marilyn raised a family of their own. He worked the farm until September of 2009, when he and Marilyn moved to Harmony. One of Wayne’s greatest gifts was his work ethic, which he passed on to each of his children. Wayne always loved his animals and had a special place in his heart for his dog Friskie. Sunday dinner with “the kids,” grandkids and great-grandsons brought a joyous smile to his face—lifting his spirits and brightening his day.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Hovey of Harmony; five children, Kandace (Chris) Johnson of Harmony, Wayne G. (Sue) Hovey of Preston, Kyle (Desiree) Hovey of Milton, Wis., Rick (Karla) Hovey of Winona and Lisa Eckhart of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren, Nicole (Adam) Knoepke, Breanne Johnson, Sierra (Kyle) Tollefson, Spencer Hovey, Kelsey Eckhart, Matthew Hovey, Adam Eckhart, Abby Eckhart, Jason (Tara) Peterson and Joe (Laura) Holmes; two great-grandsons Caden and Carson Knoepke; a special niece and nephew, Chuck and Joanie O’Connor; and many other nieces and nephews. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and all five of his siblings.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, with Pastor Curt Schneider; Wayne’s granddaughter, Pastor Breanne Johnson; and Rev. Jane Timmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Greenfield Cemetery, Harmony. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Casket bearers are Matthew Hovey, Adam Eckhart, Spencer Hovey, Joe Holmes, Kyle Tollefson, Adam Knoepke and Jason Peterson. Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.

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