Richard Edwin "Dick" Hovelson, 76, of Preston, died Wednesday, Nov. 28,

2012, at his home.

Richard Edwin Hovelson 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; a sister-in-law, Elaine (Bob) Maust

of Preston; a 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 Saturday, Dec. 1, at Thauwald Funeral Home

in Preston, with the Rev. David Jore officiating. Burial will be at a later


Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston assisted the family with arrangements.

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