Funeral services for H. Carroll Van Hove, was held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the First Congregational Church, Buffalo Center. Burial was in Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center with Military honors conducted by the VFW Post #4824 and the American Legion Post #21, Buffalo Center. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Network Beyond Ministry with Steve Oeffing, St. Jude Children's Hospital, or Diabetice Camp Hertko Hollow.
H. Carroll Van Hove, the son of Henry and Dorothy (Intermill) Van Hove, was born December 31, 1936 at home in Kossuth County, Iowa. On July 5, 1957 Carroll was united in marriage to Leona Heitland, the gal he met at the Buffalo Center Skating Rink before he went into the Army. They were married at the First Congregational Church and were blessed with two daughters, Cindy and Bonnie. Carroll loved the girls and then the blessings of three granddaughters and one grandson. In the past few years he had great joy with his eight great-grandchildren.
Carroll was baptized and confirmed at the Ramsey Reformed Church in rural Titonka and currently a member of the First Congregational Church. He attended Country School, Titonka High School, and received his diploma from North Iowa High School.
Right after his 18th birthday he enlisted in the United States Army for three years and after his tour in Korea he was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma City until the end of 1957.
Carroll had two milk routes each day picking up milk for six years for the Buffalo Center Creamery, trucked for Fiber Glass Company, Allis Chalmers, Jensvolds, and VanHorns and then did corn shelling, hay stacking until 1977 when he started farming, his lifelong desire. In 1988 he started driving school bus which he drove for 27 years and he kept helping farmers with their field work.
Carroll enjoyed his collecting of original corn company caps, small John Deere tractors and especially keeping up his 630 John Deere with all original parts and two plows. He also kept busy with many woodworking projects for his family.
Carroll has served on the Church Board, member of the Fire Department, Lions Club, VFW and the American Legion. His greatest memory was in July 2018 when he and Leona went on an honor flight to South Korea.
H. Carroll Van Hove, age 82, peacefully passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019, surrounded by his family at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City.
Those left behind to cherish his memory included his wife, Leona of 62 years; daughter, Bonnie and husband Steven Wilson of Sherburn, MN; son-in-law, Dallyn and wife Deb Kotewa of Fairmont, MN; grandchildren, Amber (Chuck) Knower of Eau Claire, WI, Allissa (Matt) Traetow of Fairmont, MN, Jessica (Jed) Kaurich of Fairchild, WI, Thomas Wilson of Sherburn, MN; great-grandchildren, Lilly, Nolan, and Klaire Sweeney, Amarah Knower, Logan Madsen, Teagan, Decker, and Paxton Kaurich; brother, Robert (Judy) Van Hove; sister, Karen (Ronald) Folkerts; sister-in-law, Marlene Van Hove, brother-in-law, Jerry (Laura) Heitland, Dale (Carol) Heitland, sister-in-law, Judy Hanson; and many nieces and nephews.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Dorothy Van Hove; daughter, Cindy Kotewa in August 1990; brother, Keith and a baby brother; sister-in-law, Donna (Dale) Bredeson.
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Sympathy to your family. He was a great guy. Harris and Betty Harms
Carroll loved those students on his bus route. He took a special interest in every one of them. He often teased about when we were going to finally buy bus driver uniforms. Carroll will be missed.
my prayers and sympathies to the families-Carroll was a hard-working generous man-it was a pleasure to know him and the family
Dear Leona and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Carroll’s passing. I have many fond memories from my childhood of the Van Hove family who were our neighbors and friends. I was so happy to get to visit with him at my brother David’s Funeral. Carrol always had a smile and made everyone feel good. He will be missed. I’m proud to say he was my friend. God be with you and your family in the coming weeks. May you find comfort in your memories. Your in my thoughts. Nancy Boeckholt McGuire
I am so very sorry for your loss. Leona, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏
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