Harry L. Hovey (1928 - 2011)

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FAIRBANK - Harry L. Hovey, 83, of Fairbank, died on Monday, Nov. 7 at his home following a sudden illness.
He was born on May 10, 1928, in Waterloo, the son of Asa and Mildred Lucille (Meyer) Hovey. He graduated from high school in Independence. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On July 19, 1953, he and the former Ruth Louise Beebe were married at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Independence.
She preceded him in death in 1998. Mr. Hovey worked for John Deere Co. in Waterloo, at the foundry and then as a cab inspector for 30 years. He retired in 1985. Then, he and his wife owned and operated Horse and Buggy Crafts in Fairbank until her death. Mr. Hovey was a member of the U.A.W. Local 838 in Waterloo. He collected John Deere memorabilia. He enjoyed watching football on television and taking walks. He also enjoyed time spent with his friends.
Mr. Hovey is survived by one son, Steven Hovey of Independence, and four daughters, Vicki Hovey of Waterloo, Susan (Steven Shaner) Peterman and Shawn Bear, both of Oelwein, and Lisa (Rob) Stoler of Jesup. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, Frank Hovey of Independence, and one sister, Elizabeth Loomis of California.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Debra Sue Hovey, in infancy, one brother, Larry Hovey, and one sister, Margurette Hovey.
Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 11 at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Hazleton.
White Funeral Home of Independence was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Nov. 11, 2011
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