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Larry Alfred Hovde

June 20, 1946 — February 3, 2021

Memorial service for Larry Hovde will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Kenna Rose officiating; inurnment will be held at 3:00 p.m., at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Larry Alfred Hovde, 74, passed away on February 3, 2021 in Gillette, WY. Larry was born on June 20, 1946 in Williston, ND to DeLores (Bangs) & Alfred Hovde. Larry attended school in Arnegard through the seventh grade. He played Arenegard Little League baseball. He moved to Missoula, MT in 1960 and went to Missoula Junior High. While in Missoula, he attended confirmation class and was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He returned to Arnegard High School in 1962 and was on the basketball and football teams. Arnegard High School closed at the end of the 1963 school year and he finished at Watford City High School where he graduated in 1965. After graduation, Larry had many different jobs including custom swathing, oilfield work, and farming. He attended UND in Williston for one and a half years, during which time he also worked at the stockyards. Larry was a hardworking man. He drove thousands of miles trucking all over the country. He worked for True Trucking hauling oil. He also hauled horse trailers. During one trip, he met up with a high school classmate who arranged a blind date. The lucky girl was Karen Ann Patterson, formerly Johnson. After dating for a few months, they were married on March 9, 1974 and Larry moved to Gillette. Karen had two little girls, Alicia and Kari. Soon Larry adopted them and made them Hovde girls. Before long they were blessed with Anna and Erik. From 1976 until 1987 Larry worked for Getter Trucking hauling oil field equipment. He then went to work for a mine owned by Mobil Coal; he stayed there for twelve years until the company changed hands. He then started LAKE trucking which included many over-the-road trips. He gave up trucking on his own and went to work for MarMac and then Cyclone Trucking. He retired in 2012. Some of his favorite pastimes included woodworking, gardening, and watching stock car races. The last couple of years he made Primrose Retirement Community his home, where he enjoyed the occasional Men’s Night. Larry is survived by his sister, Karen Hertzog, Missoula, MT; his daughters, Alicia (Ron) Matheson, Kari Hovde, Anna (Jon) Gillespie, all of Gillette; and son, Erik (Melissa) Hovde of Rapid City, SD; seven grandchildren, Trusty (Colbi) Matheson, Brooke (Zach) Cardoza, Heather (Casey) Monson, Braik Hurm, Henry, Oliver and Reuben Hovde and six great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Karen, and his brother Donald. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

Gillette Memorial Chapel

210 W 5th St, Gillette, WY 82716

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