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Donald K. Hove, 78

Donald Kent "Donnie" Hove, age 78, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, at his home.

Donnie was born March 5, 1936, in Ellsworth, the son of Otto and Dalla (Block) Hove.

He was a 1954 graduate of Ellsworth High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1960. Donnie married MeraJeanne Swanson and she died in 1975. On Nov. 28, 1979, he married Laurette Franks.

Donnie spent his entire working life at Hove Automotive in Ellsworth. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, golfing, bowling and was always ready with a joke.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Laurette; three children, Craig Hove, Kris (Dick) Hines, and Ladonna (Tom) O'Neil; four grandchildren, Ben (Megan) Hines, Isaac Hines, Jordan Hove, and Brielle O'Neil; two great-grandchildren, Taelyn and Ryland Hines; three sisters and two brothers, Mary (Dean) Holden, David (Mary) Hove, Ann Jahnke, Carol Denninger, and Barry (Rita) Hove. He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, MeraJeanne; infant daughter; parents; brothers, Joe, Junior, and Clair; sister Judith; and brothers in-law, Robert Jahnke and Loren Franks.

Funeral services for Donald Kent Hove will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, Wis. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Ellsworth. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Military Honors will be accorded Donnie by the Veterans of Ellsworth.

Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, Wis., is assisting the family with the arrangements.