Funeral services for Thaulow "Sky" Hovda will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Bear Creek Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, also at Bear Creek Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service. Thaulow "Sky" Hovda, age 87, of Wabasha, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at St Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha. Thaulow Norman "Sky" Hovda was born June 19, 1929, on the family farm north of Grand Meadow, near Bear Creek, to Thaulow and Amalia (Bengtson) Hovda. He attended and graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1948 and attended college in Winona for a short time. On June 23, 1950, he was united in marriage to Donna Eastlee. She passed away in 2003. Sky was drafted into the Army in 1951 and served for approximately a year in Korea and Japan before his discharge in 1953. He returned to the family farm and later went to work for Freeborn-Mower Electric where he worked as a lineman for 33 years, retiring in 1989. Sky was a member of the VFW in Wabasha, was a member of several bowling leagues throughout the years and was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Wabasha. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, tying flies and fly fishing. He also enjoyed hunting for agates and ginseng. Sky was a very humble man. He is survived by his wife, Darlene, of Wabasha, who he was united in marriage on Aug. 5, 2010, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Also surviving are his children, Todd (Catherine) Hovda, of Kasson, TeriJo Hay, of Arlington, Texas, and Camille (Jeff) Lechnir, of Kasson; stepchildren, Jeff (Koni) Sorensen, of Zumbro Falls, Jon (Kelli) Sorenson, of Hayward, Wis., and Rusty (Melanie) Sorenson, of Mazeppa; six grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Amalia (Howard) Paschke, of Blue Earth, Minn.; and Hjalmer (Gretchen) Hovda, of Progresso, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; two brothers, Herman and Oliver; and three sisters, Margaret, Betsy and Freda. Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com .
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