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Bertram Hovland


Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Bertram Benson Hovland, 91, of Rushford passed away at Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home on December 16, 2012.

He was born March 30, 1921, to George and Laura Hovland. A graduate of Rushford High School, he excelled at Football, Baseball and Basketball. Bert married Helen Colbenson on May 25, 1943. He was a proud father of 10 children, 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Bert was a jack of all trades-farmer, logger, worked road construction on I-90 and Garrison Dam, worked at Farmer’s Elevator, G.S. Woxland, and was a school bus driver for many years. Bert’s interests included: collecting woodworking planes, building Adirondack chairs, and driving his miniature horse team Ginger and Bear in parades. He loved to cook the Old Norwegian foods like lefse, kumla, and blod klub. Bert enjoyed being outdoors planting flowers for his wife, planting trees, raspberries, grapes and spent hours on his riding lawn mower.

He was a lifelong member of Rushford Lutheran Church and an active member of the Rushford American Legion. He served as their Membership Director for many years. As a former Marine, Bert influenced his sons’ to join the military. He was very proud of their service.

Bert is survived by 10 children: Gary “Chip” Rushford; Bruce (Linda) Rushford; Larry (Jenny) Veneta, Ore.; Cathy (Dan Volkman) Whalan; Keith (Cynthia) Valley City, N. Dak.; Joel (Teal) Boxelder, S. Dak.; Davis (Cyndi) Oakland, Ore.; Scott (Diane) Las Vegas, Nev.; Heidi (Mike Halvorson) Rushford; and Nathan (Janis) Cambridge, Iowa; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; also Robin Beckwith, Karen Machlica, Gail Hovland, and Linda Brown, two brothers, Ray (Grand Junction, Col.) and Lloyd (Omaha, Neb.) and one sister Evelyn (Hugh Gleason) Saratoga, Cal..

Bert was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, two brothers, Donald and Earl (Lois), two sisters, Doris (Merwyn Miltz) and Marion (Bert Colbenson); one daughter-in-law Tammy, and numerous beloved pets.

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