Sydney B Hovde

Sydney B Hovde

Sydney “Syd” B. Hovde was born on October 8, 1921 in Gillman Township to Ben and Nelle Hovde. He left his family and friends peacefully on August 19, 2012 at the age of 90 after a long illness. Syd attended school in River Falls, Wisconsin and served in the 466th Army Air Force Bomb Group during World War II. He later attained a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Michigan State University and served as a Forester in various positions with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 47 years. Syd was married to Mildred Udelhoven on December 27, 1986 in Mauston.

Syd was a life- long community volunteer including Boy Scouts, Parent Teacher Association, the Kiwanis Club, and the Association of National Christmas Tree Growers Association. He served as President of many groups and was also active in the union for state employees for many years. Syd particularly enjoyed dancing, sharing stories of his childhood and WWII history, and giving advice on management of forest lands and gardening tips. His travels included Alaska, Germany, England and Norway.

Syd is survived by his wife Mildred, sister Genevieve Rugo of River Falls, eight children, Thomas of Seattle, Washington, Barbara Wise of Lakeland Florida, Gail Williamson of Waynesville, Missouri, Roger Hovde of Waterloo, Wisconsin, Mark Hovde of Mauston, Shelly Lastinger of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, Cynthia Hubbard of Lakeland Florida, and Karen Daunhauer of Lakeland Florida as well as 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, his step-children James (Jean) Udelhoven of Harrisburg. PA, Linda Railsback Laguna Nigual, CA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Gwendolyn, an infant sister Shirley, brothers Carlile and Milton and sisters Geraldine and Aloha.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mauston.

Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery with military honors.

Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the Church.

Memorials are preferred to St. Patrick Catholic Church or St. Patrick School.