Raymond Hovland, 76, died Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Baptist Home in Bismarck ND. Funeral services will be held on Tues., January 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Tipee Butte Cemetery, New England, ND.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service.
Raymond Anton Hovland was born at home on May 23, 1936 to Henry and Alma (Nielson) Hovland. He was raised and worked on the family home southwest of Regent, ND. Ray went to a country school through the eighth grade and started high school in Regent ND. He went to Wyoming to work on his uncle’s ranch.
He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 and also served in Korea.
Ray married Joyce Hovland in 1958. Four children were born to this marriage.
Ray started working when he was very young. He worked mostly in the oilfields in Wyoming and North Dakota. He was a truck driver for a few years and taught his son Warren to drive by driving the truck back and forth in the driveway.
Ray was always bringing home stray cats and dogs. For many years when living in Gillette, WY, he would bring men home from work, which had no families, for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
He enjoyed working, watching football, going to his son’s and his nephew’s sporting events, hunting, and playing with his grandchildren. Dad also loved raising a garden, both potatoes and tomatoes were his specialty. He loved working up the potatoes in the garden with his Ford tractor and loved going to auctions sales and getting the best deal. Boats, Tractors, cars, and tools were the best deal or not?
One of his last trips to Watford City, he was taken to his place to see his shop transformed into a machine shop that he very much approved of. Ray’s favorite places to eat was the Country Cottage in Bismarck, Grama Sharons in Williston and Coffee at One Stop in Watford City.
Raymond suffered a heart attack in 1983 and a stroke in 1986 and was unable to work. He lived at home until he went into the Baptist Home in Bismarck in 2010.
Survivors include his son, Warren (Laurie) Hovland; daughter-in-law, Deb Hovland; grandchildren, Matthew (Nicole); Allison; Blaine (Jennifer); Christopher (Rebecca); Dustin, Aaron and Brandon Hovland; great-grandchildren, Lily, Ben, Beau, Casey and Luke Hovland; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and cousins.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, sons Owen, Orrin, and daughter, Allene Hovland; brothers Larry and David Hovland, and sister-in-law Kathleen Hovland; and brother-in-law, Frank Neigum.
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