Vernoid Oscar Hoveland, 96, of Colfax, Wis., passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, in Colfax.
Vern was born in Sand Creek, Wis., on Dec. 21, 1924, to Oscar and Margaret (Hansen) Hoveland. He went to grade school in Sand Creek and he graduated from Chetek High School in 1943.
In the fall of 1943, Vern went into the service. After basic training, he was transferred to Fort Lewis, Wash., in the field artillery air section, maintaining Piper airplanes. He was then transferred by a troop train to Fort Bragg, N.C. He spent 17 months in European Theater. He was discharged in 1946 as a Tec 3, airplane mechanic. For a short time, Vern worked with Fritz Bremer at Bremer Funeral home in Colfax and with his dad at a filling station in Sand Creek.
On Aug. 17, 1946, Vern married the love of his life, Ardys Maukstad, at the Holden Church in Colfax.
In the fall of 1947, he worked at a woodwork plant in Los Angeles, Calif. Vern and Ardys came back to Wisconsin in July of 1948. They moved to Milwaukee, Wis., and Vern worked as a cut off saw operator at Phoenix Door Co. Then they moved to Shawano, Wis., in the mid 60s and Vern continued working for Phoenix Door Co. as a supervisor. He worked as a supervisor for 25 years and worked at Phoenix Door Co. for a total of 37 years. He retired at the age of 60 in 1985.
They sold their home, and moved to Chetek, Wis., where they lived for another 22 years. Together, they did a lot of traveling which they both enjoyed. They would spend their winter months in Arizona with a lot of friends. In their travels, they visited Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Austria, Alaska, Hawaii, all of the states in the United States, traveled in a fifth wheel trailer, took several cruises, visited the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, and they spent about 20 winters in Arizona. Eventually, they sold their home on Lake Chetek, and moved to Colfax.
Vern is survived by his wife, Ardys Hoveland; one brother-in-law, Bill Muermann; and 35 nieces and nephews. Of those 35 nieces and nephews, six are Vern’s godchildren: Larry Israels, Richard Dalhoe, Richard Maukstad, Dale Knutson, Debra Dalhoe Johns and Paul Hoveland. He also has several grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Margaret; brothers, Kenneth, Orville, Algene and Sylvester; sisters Carol, Ilene, Aldred and Yvonne; brother-in-laws, Talvin Gunderson, Duard Dalhoe; sister-in-laws, Lois Hoveland; and one nephew, Paul Hoveland.
A walk-through visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 E. Railroad Ave., Colfax. A private family funeral service will take place. Burial will be at the Holden Lutheran Cemetery in Colfax.
For online condolences please visit www.sampsonfuneralhome.com.