William Earl Hovious, 93, of Brownstown, died at his home at 6:51 a.m., Monday, August 17, 2015.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the First Christian Church, Brownstown with Kevin Bonifacius officiating. Burial will follow at Griffith Cemetery, Brownstown with military rites by VFW Post #9770, Brownstown. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the church. Memorials are requested to the First Christian Church Building Fund. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home, Brownstown is assisting the family with arrangements.
William Earl Hovious was born on Friday, March 3, 1922 in Baker Township, Paragon, Indiana to William and Blanche (Moore) Hovious. Earl served his country in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He served aboard the USS Appalachian and was involved in seven invasions and was a member of the Scouts and Raiders. On Saturday, July 24, 1971 he married Deanna Kimberlin at the First Christian Church in Brownstown. He retired from Yellow Freight Trucking Company after 20 years of service. During his retirement he mowed many lawns in Brownstown, enjoyed gardening and was the janitor at the First Christian Church in Brownstown for many years. He was a member of the First Christian Church where he had served as a deacon in the past. He was a member of the VFW Post #9770, Brownstown and Teamsters Union Local #135. In 1999, he was the first person honored with the award of Brownstown Citizen of the Year.
Earl is survived by his wife of 44 years, Deanna of Brownstown, sons, Jim (Connie) Hovious of Greenwood, IN and Gene (Carolyn) Hovious of Martinsville, IN, daughter, Michele (Jeff) Allen of Paris, brothers, Bob and Steve Hovious of Paragon, IN, sister, Betty Hollowell of Beverly Hills, FL, 8 grandchildren, Melissa (Matt) Williams, Christopher Hovious, Jayson (Aida) Hovious, Katie (Duane) Ennis, Elizabeth (Willy) Sparks, Kimberley Clouse, Kierstyn and Justyn Allen, and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Raymond, Mark and George Hovious, sister, Helen Ackerman and sons, Larry and Jay Hovious and daughter, Kathy Jackson.
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