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Timothy R Hovey

Timothy R Hovey

Timothy R. Hovey, age 61 of Plum City, died Sunday, October 13, 2019 at home with his family by his side.

Tim was born on September 26, 1958 in Mondovi to William D. and Esther P. (Oium) Hovey. He grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School in 1976. Tim married Julie Gjertsen in 1980, together they had three children; Jodi, Abraham and Matthew. They lived in various areas including, Minnesota and North Carolina. Tim worked at various places over the years, his last job was at ProAct in Red Wing working with disabled adults. He truly loved his job and the people there. Later Tim married the love of his life, Joanne Hewitt on July 28, 2019 in Red Wing, MN. Tim loved and was proud of his children but was also excited to add three more daughters to his life with Joanne’s daughters.

Together, Tim and Joanne spent time in their garden, listening to music, taking trips to see family and going on ambulance runs together. Tim was an EMT for Maiden Rock/Plum City Ambulance Service for five years and his EMT family was very special to him. Music was a large part of Tim’s life. He was a member of two bands, Hanging Curve and Retro Groove. Tim loved to play on his guitars and playing gigs with his band family. He loved his faith and spending afternoons over his BBQ, smoking meats and sharing stories with family and friends.

Tim is survived by the love of his life: Joanne, children: Jodi Theisen, Abraham (Carrie), both of Shakopee MN, Matthew (Samantha) of Maple Plains, MN Amanda (Matt Byrnes) Milliren of Hudson, Amy (Warren) Gavitt of River Falls, Kelsey (Jordan Dockter) Fredrickson of Savage, MN, 10 grandchildren: Isaac, Andrew, Hannah, Brewer, Soren, Hallie, Hazel, Odette, Everett and Conlin, three sisters: Penny (Dan) Bauer of Durand,  Val (James) Pifer of North Carolina and Laurie (Dana) Forbes of North Carolina, two brothers: Brad (Lola) of Eau Claire and Dale of Pepin, Sisters-in-law: Debby (Junior) Kimmel of Texas and Peggy McRoberts of Durand, brothers-in-law: Billy McRoberts of Elmwood and Eddie (Carmen) McRoberts of Mondovi, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Mayo Home and Hospice in Red Wing for their loving care and support. Also a heartfelt thanks to all of the family, friends and neighbors who helped with food, company and prayers.

Funeral Services will be 10:00AM Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plum City with Rev. Daniel Pfaffe officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Durand is serving the family.


  1. Roger Black

    Hi Brad, Sorry to hear about your brother Tim. My condolences to you and Lola and to your brothers and sisters.


  2. Mary Sweeney

    My deepest sympathy to Tim's family. I always loved that amused sparkle in his eyes when he was enjoying himself. He was a tremendous musician filled with joy and passion when he played. He was a wonderful friend and a man of substance and depth. I will miss him very much.

  3. Sandy Bjork

    RIP Tim. Always knew that what I would respond, and you were on scene as the EMT, the pt was always in good hands. God Speed Tim. Thank you for your service.
    We'll take it from here.

  4. Alicia

    So sorry for your loss. Tim was a great guy and fun to work with. He will be missed by his ProAct family! Prayers sent to all of his family.

  5. mary tentis

    Oh Joanne I feel your pain. So sorry for your loss of Tim ! Guess I have to take him off my list of sick people & put him on the next list.

  6. Kay Longsdorf

    Joanne, you have my sympathy, sorry for your lost.

  7. Michaela Huffman

    So sorry to hear about your loss. He went way too soon. Prayers for all of you.

  8. Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to all.

  9. Verna Farwell

    To the hovey family. Our deepest sympathy to all. Tim was a neat guy and was glad to know him. Love from Verna and j

  10. Lynn and colleen

    Sorry Abe to hear about your father are prayers are with you. Love lynn carlson and colleen zimmerman

  11. Jean

    Thoughts and prayers to Tim's family. I was fortunate to work with Tim at ProAct. He was an incredible man and will be missed by all.

  12. Pat Frion

    So sorry for your loss

  13. Erin Burkart

    Hugs to you all Hovey family!❤

  14. Rick Mulheron

    So very sorry for your loss Joanne! I am at a loss for words! You and your family will be in my prayers!

  15. Jeff Kline

    RIP Tim. You will be missed.

  16. Teresa Schultz

    It is so difficult to lose someone we love so much. Take peace that Tim is now with God and free from his pain. So sorry that we will not be able to attend services, as we will be out of town. Praying for your family.

  17. Sharon Bauer

    So sorry to hear this, my thoughts and prayers are with all of the family!

  18. Greg Fay

    People almost always say what a great person the deceased was ... But in Tim's case this really was very true. He always took the time to make everybody feel loved. His kids and grandkids will truly miss him. I am very sorry for your loss Jo ... and family !

  19. Rod and Marcia Berger

    Our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers.2

  20. John and Judy Parr

    Our condolences are with you all hugs take care

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