OBITUARY

Russell C. Hovelson

August 19, 1930November 28, 2018
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Russell Carmen Hovelson, age 88, a long-time resident of Canyon Lake Texas, left the arms of his loving family to the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 28th, 2018 peacefully at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville Texas. Russ was born on August 19th, 1930 in Gary MN to Lewis and Selma (Norby) Hovelson. Russ worked on the family farm and a ranch in Wyoming until he entered the US Army in January 1952, completed basic training at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky with the 101st Air Borne Division. After 16 weeks of infantry training , he was sent to Korea. He was assigned to the 45th Division, 279th Infantry Regiment, north of the 38th Parallel. He returned to the United Stated in 1953 and was separated from the Army in October 1953 honorably. Russ met Iris Garland, the love of his life, and they were married on October 23rd, 1954 in Mahnomen MN. After 2 years of civilian life, Russ joined the US Air Force in March 1956 and became an Air Policeman. He performed Law Enforcement and Security at Fairfield Station Travis AFB, CA; Croughton Air Base, England and Offut AFB, NE. He then became a Military Training Instructor at Lackland AFB, TX from March 1964 to March 1967. He then cross trained into Aircraft Fuel Systems and assigned to Ellsworth AFB, SD and TDY to Kadena AB, Okinawa where he worked on KC-135 and B-52 Fuel Systems. From there he was assigned to Takhli AB, Thailand where he worked on F-105 and RB-66 Fuel Systems. His last six months of duty at Takhli AB, he was NCOIC of the External Tank Farm. Reassigned to Lackland AFB, TX and performed duties as a Military Training Instructor until retiring from the Air Force in June 1974. Iris and his three children Gary, Rebecca and Douglas were very supportive of his Military Career and he was a loving husband and father. In 1979, Russ and Iris went into business forming Canyon Lake Pest Control until 1993 in which they sold the business and went full-time RVing as Ambassadors for Camping World. As a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon Lake, TX, Russ was active in the Knights of Columbus and a life-time member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 8573 of Sattler, TX. Russ’s hobbies included wood working and traveling. He also joined the Memorial Service Detachment Honor Guard at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in 2008 and provided military funeral honors for veterans. Russ is survived by his daughter Becky Bodenhamer and husband Dan (Camden, AR); son, Doug Hovelson and partner Eric Wilbur (Columbus, OH); sister Dorothy Tilleraas (Great Falls, MT); ten grandchildren: Jennifer Albrecht and Cody Malek, Eric Hovelson, Brandon Bodenhamer, Scott Bodenhamer and wife Stephanie, Emily Hovelson and Darryl Schmidt, Robert Bodenhamer, Melody Hovelson, Katie Hovelson-Fuentes and husband Oliver, Steven Bodenhamer, Kyle Hovelson and wife Reese; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law’s and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Iris (Garland) Hovelson; son, Gary Hovelson; parents, Lewis and Selma Hovelson; brothers Orville, Raymond, Lloyd, Charles and Hilmer Hovelson; sisters, Myrtle Erickson and Maxine Larson. Public visitation will begin 5 pm December 13th, 2018 at Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX with a Eulogy by his family and friends starting at 7pm and a Rosary recited after. Funeral Mass will be held on December 14th, 2018 with a viewing at 9am and mass at 10am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon Lake, TX with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery. Pallbearers: Eric Hovelson, Brandon Bodenhamer, Scott Bodenhamer, Robert Bodenhamer, Steven Bodenhamer, Kyle Hovelson, Oliver Fuentes and Dan Bodenhamer. Honorary Pallbearers: The Memorial Service Detachment Honor Guards. A heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville TX. Your compassion and love will never be forgotten. Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

  • FAMILY

  • Russ is survived by his daughter Becky Bodenhamer and husband Dan (Camden, AR); son, Doug Hovelson and partner Eric Wilbur (Columbus, OH); sister Dorothy Tilleraas (Great Falls, MT); ten grandchildren: Jennifer Albrecht and Cody Malek, Eric Hovelson, Brandon Bodenhamer, Scott Bodenhamer and wife Stephanie, Emily Hovelson and Darryl Schmidt, Robert Bodenhamer, Melody Hovelson, Katie Hovelson-Fuentes and husband Oliver, Steven Bodenhamer, Kyle Hovelson and wife Reese; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law’s and many nieces and nephews.
    Preceded in death by his wife Iris (Garland) Hovelson; son, Gary Hovelson; parents, Lewis and Selma Hovelson; brothers Orville, Raymond, Lloyd, Charles and Hilmer Hovelson; sisters, Myrtle Erickson and Maxine Larson.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Eric Hovelson, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Bodenhamer, Pallbearer
  • Scott Bodenhamer, Pallbearer
  • Robert Bodenhamer, Pallbearer
  • Steven Bodenhamer, Pallbearer
  • Kyle Hovelson, Pallbearer
  • Oliver Fuentes, Pallbearer
  • Dan Bodenhamer, Pallbearer

Services

  • Public Visitation Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 14, 2018
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Russell C. Hovelson

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Sharon Miley

December 13, 2018

Part II:
I can honestly say that I will miss my buddy Russ every day for the rest of my life. He’d become a “second father” to me as my neighbor out at Canyon Lake. Any attempts at consolation for his loss are really, really difficult. I am so sad I won’t see him again this side of heaven, BUT I find some solace in three things.

First, Russ is with Iris. For the moment of her passing, Russ just wanted to be with her again. Russ and I had so many conversations after her death about the difficulties of living on. I lost a former husband to cancer when I was 34, and I could empathize with his loss, but not fully. Russ lost a wife of a lifetime, I’d only been married five years. But it is so tough losing your soul-mate. And now Russ is in heaven with Iris for their glorious reunion and home-coming!

Second, I’m relieved there was such a short time between Russ discovering the seriousness of his medical condition and his passing. Can you imagine how awful it would have been for rugged, independent Russ to have been bed-ridden and/or hospitalized for any extended length of time? Not a good picture at all—for Russ or for others!

Third, Russ knew he was going to see Iris again because both of them trusted in Jesus and trusted they’d be in heaven for eternity—together. And since I have that same trust, I know I’ll see Russ, and Iris, again whenever I cross over one day. I’ll see his sweet, sort of crooked smile, that twinkle in his eye; he’ll wave to me and beckon me on, and I’ll shout “Hey Buddy Russ! I’ve missed you so much, so good to see you again, and now it’s for forever!”

Love you always, Russ, and Iris!
and love and my heartfelt sympathy to Becky and all the Hovelson family.

Sharon Miley

December 13, 2018

Words just cannot describe the “wonderfulness” of my friend and neighbor, my Buddy, Russ Hovelson—his wonderfulness as a husband which I saw day in and day out as he cared for his beloved wife Iris; his wonderfulness as a father and grandfather which I heard about mainly from Becky but also from others in his family; his wonderfulness as a patriot who served this country not once, but twice, in two different branches of the military and in a myriad of ways until his passing; his wonderfulness as a friend and neighbor in which everyone who got to know Russ loved and respected him. He was one of the most decent, honorable, caring, loving human beings ever to grace the planet. He tried, and succeeded at being the best of the best—the best any man can hope to be! I consider it both a blessing from God and an honor to have known him. For these past many years of our friendship, I could not say his name without it prefacing it with “my Buddy” Russ, because that is who and what he was. In all my 63 years, I’ve only had one person I called “my Buddy,” and Russ will probably be the only one in my lifetime.

These past many years I saw and was with Russ during so many highs, lows, and everyday days. I was inspired by his love, care and concern with which he cared for his beloved Iris, day after day, year after year. I never knew a man could love someone so much. Their love story was truly inspirational. And I got to learn of and know some of their big, big, BIG loving family! WOW!

And always, always, ALWAYS, Russ was there to help anyone, anytime, any of us who needed his guidance, his wisdom, his incredible sense of humor, his HELP in so many things in our lives! I and my Mom and Dad owe so much of our well-being and lives to his steadfast encouragement and help in more ways than I can count. So many of us say "God bless Russ Hovelson!"

(This is Part I of my tribute to Russ; please read Part II)


David McCollum

December 3, 2018

On August 6, 2015 our 26 year old Son-in-Law, Brady Oberg a combat Infantry Soldier from the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, Ulen, MN ended his Life after struggling with PTSD. On the Friday before Memorial Day, May 28th 2016, Our Daughter Katie McCollum Oberg was sitting by her husband, Brady's grave at Ulen, MN. She saw an elderly man walking around the cemetery. He saw her and walked over to Katie since he saw the Veterans star and American Flag at the grave. He asked who she was and about Brady. Russell knew our McCollum name from Bejou and Mahnomen MN. Your Dad was looking for a grave of a friend of his from the Korean War who was killed in action. He told Katie he would be staying at Elaine Swiers that night. Katie came to our home and told us about Russell and how it was like a divine intersession that they met. I called Elaine Swiers and we talked. That Sunday, Russell was at Mass in our church. After the services I introduced myself and wife. I have had probably 20 telephone visits with your Dad since then. He always asked about how Katie is doing and was trying to have his VFW club donate to the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation. Your Father left a lasting impression on our Family and we will never forget him. Elaine told us today about your Dad. Russell's and Katies encounter was a Godly message. We are thankful in knowing Russell. May the "Old Soldier" rest in peace with all the so many young soldiers of today including our Brady. I also shared with your Dad that I lost a Brother, Wayne McCollum in the Vietnam War in November 1966. Your Dad said he remembered my Brothers death so many years ago. God Bless your Family and hope you can have a Merry Christmas. David and Judy McCollum.

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Biography

Russell Carmen Hovelson, age 88, a long-time resident of Canyon Lake Texas, left the arms of his loving family to the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 28th, 2018 peacefully at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville Texas.
Russ was born on August 19th, 1930 in Gary MN to Lewis and Selma (Norby) Hovelson.
Russ worked on the family farm and a ranch in Wyoming until he entered the US Army in January 1952, completed basic training at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky with the 101st Air Borne Division. After 16 weeks of infantry training , he was sent to Korea. He was assigned to the 45th Division, 279th Infantry Regiment, north of the 38th Parallel. He returned to the United Stated in 1953 and was separated from the Army in October 1953 honorably.
Russ met Iris Garland, the love of his life, and they were married on October 23rd, 1954 in Mahnomen MN. After 2 years of civilian life, Russ joined the US Air Force in March 1956 and became an Air Policeman. He performed Law Enforcement and Security at Fairfield Station Travis AFB, CA; Croughton Air Base, England and Offut AFB, NE. He then became a Military Training Instructor at Lackland AFB, TX from March 1964 to March 1967. He then cross trained into Aircraft Fuel Systems and assigned to Ellsworth AFB, SD and TDY to Kadena AB, Okinawa where he worked on KC-135 and B-52 Fuel Systems. From there he was assigned to Takhli AB, Thailand where he worked on F-105 and RB-66 Fuel Systems. His last six months of duty at Takhli AB, he was NCOIC of the External Tank Farm. Reassigned to Lackland AFB, TX and performed duties as a Military Training Instructor until retiring from the Air Force in June 1974.
Iris and his three children Gary, Rebecca and Douglas were very supportive of his Military Career and he was a loving husband and father.
In 1979, Russ and Iris went into business forming Canyon Lake Pest Control until 1993 in which they sold the business and went full-time RVing as Ambassadors for Camping World.
As a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon Lake, TX, Russ was active in the Knights of Columbus and a life-time member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 8573 of Sattler, TX.
Russ’s hobbies included wood working and traveling. He also joined the Memorial Service Detachment Honor Guard at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in 2008 and provided military funeral honors for veterans.
Russ is survived by his daughter Becky Bodenhamer and husband Dan (Camden, AR); son, Doug Hovelson and partner Eric Wilbur (Columbus, OH); sister Dorothy Tilleraas (Great Falls, MT); ten grandchildren: Jennifer Albrecht and Cody Malek, Eric Hovelson, Brandon Bodenhamer, Scott Bodenhamer and wife Stephanie, Emily Hovelson and Darryl Schmidt, Robert Bodenhamer, Melody Hovelson, Katie Hovelson-Fuentes and husband Oliver, Steven Bodenhamer, Kyle Hovelson and wife Reese; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law’s and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Iris (Garland) Hovelson; son, Gary Hovelson; parents, Lewis and Selma Hovelson; brothers Orville, Raymond, Lloyd, Charles and Hilmer Hovelson; sisters, Myrtle Erickson and Maxine Larson.
Public visitation will begin 5 pm December 13th, 2018 at Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX with a Eulogy by his family and friends starting at 7pm and a Rosary after. Funeral Mass will be held on December 14th, 2018 with a viewing at 9am and mass at 10am at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon Lake, TX with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Eric Hovelson, Brandon Bodenhamer, Scott Bodenhamer, Robert Bodenhamer, Steven Bodenhamer, Kyle Hovelson, Oliver Fuentes and Dan Bodenhamer. Honorary Pallbearers: The Memorial Service Detachment Honor Guards.
A heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville TX. Your compassion and love will never be forgotten. Arrangements under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St, New Braunfels, TX 78130.