OBITUARY

John Edward Hovey IV

October 15, 2005July 1, 2019

SKOWHEGAN & DEER ISLE – John Edward Hovey, IV, 13, passed away unexpectedly from injuries sustained in a dirt bike accident on July 1, 2019. He was born on October 15, 2005 the son of Janine Stadig and John Hovey III.

To say John was a busy kid, was an understatement on all accounts. While he didn’t exactly enjoy being confined within the walls of the Skowhegan schools, John loved learning real world skills. From infancy, John was on the construction site with his father, and as a preschooler he was often at the diner with his mom. He could accurately read a tape measure at a young age and he was able to work alongside grown men and hold his own. Whether John was building houses or working as a stern man on a lobster boat, he had a heart for hard work and learning everything he could. He loved to tell people all about lobstering. At the diner, he would step in and help his mom when she needed it or socialize with customers in the morning before school.

John did all of the things Maine boys love to do: hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATVing. He was known for being a real wise guy and clowning around. His sassy mouth sometimes got him in trouble, but he was quick to be forgiven because everything was done just to get a laugh. It was like he was trying to fit 40 years of living into the too-short 13 years he was given.

Most importantly, John had a deep love for his family and friends. He was especially close with his younger brother, Jacob – a tie that can never be broken. So, maybe John talked Jacob into acting out a bit, but everything ended in a big laugh, always. He will always be missed by his mother, Janine Stadig and her boyfriend Craig Judkins; father, John Hovey, III and his girlfriend, Debbie Fifield; siblings, Mikhayla Welsch, Caitlyn Welsch, Jacob Stadig and Tyler Judkins; maternal grandparents, Lee and Alice Stadig and Ron and Sheila Williams; paternal grandparents, Lynda and Victor Crane; aunts and uncles; Chris and Marcia Hovey, Amanda Hovey, Peggy and David Madore, Renee and Daniel Sterling, Tyler Williams and Jessica Dixon; a large extended family; and his many friends in Skowhegan and Deer Isle.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Hovey, Jr.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate John’s life at 4pm, Wednesday, July 10 at the Skowhegan Federated Church with Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. After the short formal service, everyone is invited to a more casual gathering on the back lawn and inside Tewksbury Hall which is located behind the church. John’s family hopes that his many friends will come and share their stories and memories of this amazing young man who has left us far too soon.

  • FAMILY

  • He will always be missed by
    his mother, Janine Stadig and her boyfriend Craig Judkins; father, John Hovey, III and his girlfriend, Debbie Fifield; siblings, Mikhayla Welsch, Caitlyn Welsch, Jacob Stadig and Tyler Judkins; maternal grandparents, Lee and Alice Stadig and Ron and Sheila Williams; paternal grandparents, Lynda and Victor Crane; aunts and uncles; Chris and Marcia Hovey, Amanda Hovey, Peggy and David Madore, Renee and Daniel Sterling, Tyler Williams and Jessica Dixon; a large extended family; and his many friends in Skowhegan and Deer Isle.

    He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Hovey, Jr.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Memories

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Hunter McEwen

July 14, 2019

I remember a day which would be 3 years ago next wrestling season. John was in 5th grade and i was in 6th. One day we were getting back from a wrestling meet where he definitely did not have one of his best days. He ended up getting so mad that once we entered our school and into the locker room, he decided to throw his gatorade bottle at the wall. It splattered all over the place. At first, we were a little angry, but we were understanding John’s troubles of being a little middle schooler wrestling upperclassmen. We couldn’t get mad at him. It was all a big laugh and a few stain sticks later, the red gatorade was out of my sweatpants. John, I am going to miss you so much and I hope that you understand we are all here for you.

Diana Hovey

July 8, 2019

My family didn’t see John (III) and John (IV) very much because they were in Maine and we are in Missouri. But we stayed in contact through Facebook.

A memory that we all cherish is when, a few years ago, my family in Missouri went to Maine and camped out with Ted’ brother John (II) in East Madison. While we were there, John (III) treated us to a lobster feast! Man, the lobster and corn we ate that night was like no other food we had ever had. John (III) brought his son, John (IV) along with him and our grandchildren got to play with him and had a chance to get to know their second cousin.
This memory will always be special to us❤️
As time goes on, we will be thinking of this family and hope for peace in their lives and for them to cherish all of the good memories of John (IV). He was an amazing young man that the world was lucky to have for 13 short years. We love you, John❤️

Gramma Crain

July 6, 2019

He wanted to show me a great place to watch the boats come in. He took me along the coastline on the rocks. He was very agile unlike me who slipped and ended up in the water. He looks over at me and bursts right out giggling at me looking like a drowned rat. Needless to say I helped him be wet too with a bit of effort.

Grandpa Vic and I loved playing cribbage with him. He was really quick at mastering the game and soon held his own against us old folks.

We will never be the same without him.

We love you John.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY