Robert Kenneth Hovendick, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Lincoln Community Nursing Home in Lincoln, Mo., at the age of 87.
He was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on July 24, 1921, the son of Fred and Cora Lyons Hovendick. The family moved several years later to Herman, Neb., where Robert attended New England Country School until his graduation from the 10th grade. He then began farming with his father. He married Lucille Loftis in 1943 while serving in the United States Army during WW II. Robert spent three and a half years in the service; eleven months were spent in Europe. After his discharge he and Lucille began farming in Nebraska and began raising a family that would grow to seven boys. Later they moved to Minnesota and operated a dairy farm. They sold their dairy operation in 1978 and moved to Missouri. His wife, Lucille, passed away in February of 2000 after 58 years of marriage.
Robert was well known for his quick sense of humor, this being injected into the many letters he sent to family and friends throughout the years. As with many of his generation, he kept his personal feelings close, but conveyed on many occasions the pride that he had for his boys and their families. He was active with the Lincoln United Methodist Church and had served three years as Sunday School Superintendent.
Robert later met and married Juanita Howland on July 21, 2001. They continued to make their home near Lincoln, Mo.
Robert was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roland Hovendick.
Surviving is his wife, Juanita, of the home, seven sons, Gordon (Irene) Hovendick of Starbuck, Dan (Barb) Hovendick of Norcross, Ga., Ron (Carol) Hovendick of Starbuck, David (Connie) Hovendick of Devils Lake, N.D., Russ (Carleen) Hovendick of Sioux Falls, S.D., Roger Hovendick of Henderson, Nev. and Tim (Tina) Hovendick of Lincoln, Mo., a step-son, John D. Howland, Jr., of Overland Park, Kan., two step-daughters, Juanita J.Cratee (Reece) of Cantonment, Fla., and Jerri A. Rogers, of Overland Park, Kan., 22 grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-step-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services and military rites will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Lincoln First United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Benton County Hospice, Lincoln First United Methodist Church or charity of choice. Arrangements by the Davis-Miller Funeral Home, Lincoln, Mo.