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John R Hovland

John R Hovland

John R. “Bucko” Hovland, age 63 of Durand, died Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Advent Health in Durand after battling health issues for years.

John was born September 13, 1960 in Durand. He was the son of Walter and Shirley (Davis) Hovland. John spent his whole life in Durand, graduating from Durand High School and worked for Goodrich’s for many years. His career took him to Cardinal FG in Menomonie where he worked for 27 years until his health forced him to retire. John married René Sobottka on May 22, 1993, in Durand. Together they continued to live in Durand where they raised their family. In 1996, John joined the Durand Fire Department where he served the community of Durand and continued to serve as an active Senior Member of the Durand Fire Department.

John liked spending time outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping up north at Otter Lake Campground. Most of all, John loved spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and his dog, Jagermeister.

John is survived by his wife of 30 years René, sons Nicholas (Nicholle) and Eric, both of Durand, two grandchildren Sienna and Landon, siblings Walt (Chrissy) Hovland of Pulaski, PA, Connie (Pete) Anderson of Arkansaw, Pat (Bob) Cataract of Durand and Cindy (Jim) Huber of Alma, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00PM-7:00PM Monday November 6, 2023 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. Prayer services will be held at 6:45PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand with Rev. Daniel Pfaffe officiating.

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


  1. Rick Plumer

    Sending love, thoughts and prayers to you Renee and all of Bucko's family. There are people in my life that I think of daily, Bucko is definitely one of them. Lots of memories to hold onto!

  2. Scott Hughes

    Rene, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the love you shared and the children will make this time easier for you. Cherish the memories and the love, it will help on the more difficult days.

  3. Karen and Jerome Llisowski

    Sympathy to the Family of John. Jerome and Karen

  4. John and Judy Parr

    Our thoughts are with you all

  5. patrick brantner

    So very sorry for your loss

  6. Peter Hovind

    My sincere condolences to the Hovland family. RIP Buck.

  7. Jean & Bill Hooker

    Thoughts are with you during this difficult time

  8. Donna Karshbaum

    So Sorry for Your Loss, John was a Great Person, Hang On to The Great Memories, God Bless You All ????????????

  9. Haskins Anita

    Our condolences to the Hovland family! Thoughts and prayers!

    Bruce and Anita Haskins

  10. Elaine Westberg

    So sorry for your loss, Renee. Prayers for you and your family ????

  11. Linda Solie and Mike

    Our hearts go out to Rene and the boys and their families. He was the nicest guy ever. Who’s going to eat all my pickles now? Love and miss you Buck. Don’t worry about Rene, I’ll make sure she’s ok☺️❤️

  12. Vicci Rosenberg

    So sorry for loss!!

  13. Jane Poeschel

    Rene’ and family my deepest sympathies ????

  14. Lisa Slinde

    My sympathy to the Hovland Family.

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