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James W "Buck" Hovland

James W "Buck" Hovland


James W. “Buck” Hovland, age 69 of Durand, died Friday, February 16, 2024 at University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Buck was born on December 20, 1954 in Durand. He was the son of James L. and Kathryn (Metcalf) Hovland. Buck grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School in 1973. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973, he did his boot camp at Camp Pendelton in San Diego, CA and served in Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1975.

Buck was friends with everyone he met. He loved the corps, baking, football, basketball and could be found at the golf course most days in the summer. Buck enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially getting together for game night.

Buck leaves to cherish his memory, his love Lynette “Sparky” Dovell of Durand, children, Jason (Gina) of Downers Grove, IL, Sarah Anderson of Wisconsin Rapids, Chris (Michelle) Perry of Lake Wissota and Shannon Perry of Prescott, eight grandchildren, Levi, Marlowe, Emma, Alaina, Coltyn, Keegan, Emma and Aleena, siblings, Mary (Gary) Pfeiffer and Jon Hovland, both of Durand, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Myrna Anderson and brother, Robert “Bob” Hovland.

A Limb has Fallen

A limb has fallen from the family tree,

I keep hearing a voice that says “Grieve not for me.”

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.

The good life lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering all, now I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don’t just stare at the wall.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,

Until the day comes we’re together again.


Visitation will be 4:00PM-7:00PM Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:00PM Noon-3:00PM Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Orton Room at the Corral Bar in Grill in Durand. Burial will be in the Maxville Cemetery with Military Honors on a nice warm day.

Memorials are preferred in Buck’s name to the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand.

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


  1. Mitch Schruth

    My deepest sympathies to Bucks family...I have a LOT of great memories of playing softball and golf with Buck over the years, particularly when he would share his home with some of us during softball tournaments. We always had SO much fun competing together. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Deanna (Burrack) Stromme

    Another classmate gone too soon DHS "73" Thoughts and prayers to family

  3. Ted Bauer

    So sorry to hear about Buck. Always considered Buck a true friend. I will miss seeing him at the golf course. My deepest sympathy to your family from our family.

  4. Randy and Alice stein

    Our Condolences. On your Loss!!

  5. Brenda Blunt

    Lynette, Chris and the whole family I was truly sorry to learn of Buck’s passing. I am praying that God comforts all of you and brings you peace. I have some great memories that already cherished and they are truly now that much more precious to me. Love you all. Brenda.

  6. Crystal Dow

    I'm so sorry to hear the news...you have my sympathy...RIP BUCK..

  7. dennis brantner

    I played a lot of golf with Buck. He was fun to be around. He will be missed by a lot of us,

  8. Steven and Bebe Pittman

    Our condolences to the family. Buck and I were classmates at DHS 1973. After all these year, we never crossed paths.
    Steven and Bebe Pittman

  9. Kathy Dahl

    Buck was so very kind to my family and I really appreciated his thoughtfulness and support when my parents and brother died. I never forgot that kindness. I know he loved his family and was loved right back.

  10. Barry Bauer

    My condolences to the family.
    We were classmates at DHS, and served in the Marine Corps - were both deployed to Okinawa and Japan, yet never crossed paths. Semper Fi Buck.

  11. Jay Romano & Linda Elliott

    Our condolences to you and the family. Buck will be in our hearts forever

  12. Joanne Hovey

    Very sorry for the loss of family and friends

  13. Delrita Bignell

    So sorry to hear of Bucks passing. He was a classmate of mine and a friend. Condolences to all family, your in my prayers.

  14. Susan Johnson

    So sorry for you loss Lynette. Prayers for you and the family.

  15. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with Buck. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. Bob Biederman

    Sparky and Family, so sorry to hear about Buck. Going to miss seeing him at the golf course. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. John and Judy Parr

    Prayers with you

  18. Valerene Cataract

    So very sorry for all the family of Buck, great guy.

  19. Tim Carlisle

    So sorry to hear the sad news, hugs and prayers for the family

  20. Marsha Mcmahon Sullivan

    I was a classmate of Bucks, he was a great athlete and person. Sending prayers for his family.

  21. Terry & Connie Weber

    So very sorry to hear of Buck's passing. Sending sympathy & prayers to you all.

  22. Amy Black

    Lynette, I am so sorry to hear of Buck’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs

  23. Georgene Sobottka

    We are so sorry for your loss!! I’ve known Buck since he was a young kid he’d come to our house all the time with my brother Todd. Prayers and thoughts are with the family ????????????????

  24. Justin Andersin

    Rest in peace Devil Dog! Always enjoyed our times together. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  25. Connie weiss

    Sorry for your loss. He will be missed.Hugs and prayers ???? ❤️ sent.

  26. Carolynn Winn

    Sorry for you loss.

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