Richard Edwin "Dick" Hovelson, 76, of Preston, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Preston, the son of Clair and Evelyn (Wiegand) Hovelson. He graduated Preston High School in 1953. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for two years. He was then in the Army Reserves for several years. After the Army, he worked with his father painting, repairing barns and homes, and doing general construction work.

His hobbies included building wooden toys, puppets, weaving rugs and playing Santa Claus. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Preston Lions Club and the Garden Club, and was president of the historical society.

He is survived by one brother, James (Karel) of Cornelius, N.C.; one sister, Linda (Dennis) Wead of Preston; sister-in-law, Elaine (Bob) Maust of Preston; niece, Sara (Blaine) York; and two special great-nephews, Zaccary and Harlee Wead of Lanesboro; nieces and nephews, Barbara (Wayne) Ristau of Lanesboro, Bruce (Michell) Hovelson of Chatfield, Brian (Denise) Hovelson of Byron, Brenda (Marvin) Ristau of Preston, Jeff (Karen) Hovelson of Tucson, Ariz., Douglas Hovelson of Mooresville, N.C., and Jeanne Thurman of Cornelius, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.

Memorial services were held last Saturday at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston, with the Rev. David Jore officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

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