FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Roland “Douglas” Hovenden, 80, passed away July 9, 2019, at his home at Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Doug was born Aug. 31, 1938, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to the late Roland Cavour and Berniece Margaret VanWyngarden Hovenden. He attended Shenandoah schools, Southwest Missouri State and Iowa State University where he graduated in January 1962. He began his teaching career in Graettinger, Iowa, as a vocational agricultural instructor, continuing his teaching in Grinnell, Iowa, 1964-1966. He joined DeKalb Genetics as a district manager in 1966, moving to Monticello, Iowa; St. Cloud, Minn.; Rochester, Ind.; Grinnell, Iowa; and finally to Bloomington, 1981-1999, as a regional manager.
Doug is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathie Lou Rodgers Hovenden, originally of Knoxville, Iowa; and their three children, Kayla Karee (Douglas) Hill, Skaneateles, N.Y.; Todd Douglas (Claudia) Hovenden, Bloomington; and Jodi Janee (Steven) Sackel, Williamsville, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Drake Hill, Katherine Hill, Connor Hill, Taylor Hill, Max Hovenden, Gabriella Hovenden, Cole Sackel, Cooper Sackel and Olivia Sackel; two brothers, William Edwin Hovenden, Robert Alan Hovenden; and one sister, Donna Karee Henshaw.
His family and friends will miss Doug, who was so full of love and compassion. Helping others and being a good husband, father, grandfather and friend were definitely at the top of his list. He was loved by many.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, Attn. Donations, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
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