Herman A. Hovda, 92, of Grand Meadow, died at Spring Valley Senior Living, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

He was born June 6, 1921, to Thaulow and Amalia (Bengtson) Hovda in Racine Township. He served in the United States Army during World War II. On June 8, 1947, he married Margaret Jahns at the Methodist Church in Spring Valley. For 25 years, he faithfully worked at IBM in Rochester in the toolmaker's crib. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club. He also farmed near Grand Meadow. He took pleasure in spending time bowling, fishing, hunting, trapping, horseshoes, and "teaching" people how to play cribbage at The Diner. He was a winner of the Minnesota League Bowling Tournament, and was inducted into the Minnesota Bowling Hall of Fame. He served many years as the commander of the Grand Meadow American Legion and was a member of the VFW. He served as past master of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his children, Steven H. (Julie) Hovda of Grand Meadow, Susan (Joe Granahan) Thompson of Spring Valley, Peter H. (Gloria) Hovda of Grand Meadow and Tracey Ann Hovda of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Pauline Radke of Oronoco; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings, Betsy Anderson, Oliver Hovda and Frieda (Harold) Jensen, all of Grand Meadow, Hjalmer (Gretchen) Hovda of Progresso, Texas, Sky (Dar) Hovda of Wabasha, Minn., and Molly (Howard) Paschke of Blue Earth, Minn.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Margaret, son, Ted, and sister, Margaret Close.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in rural Grand Meadow, the Rev. Glen Bickford officiating, with burial in the church cemetery.

Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow was in charge of arrangements.