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Leon Hovland May 22, 1945 - July 6, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Leon Gale Hovland, 64, of Maynard, formerly of Willmar, died Monday at his home.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kinkaid Cemetery in Alexandria.

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Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Maynard Lutheran Church in Maynard with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service at Vinje. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born May 22, 1945, in Red Wing to Lester and Gunhild Hovland. He grew up in the Nelson area and attended elementary school in Nelson and graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria in 1963. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in secondary math education.

He married Mary Boyd in 1967 in Alexandria. He taught mathematics in the Willmar School District from 1967 to 2001. After retiring from teaching, he returned to Willmar Senior High as a computer specialist. He received a master's degree in math education from the University of Minnesota in Morris. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar from 1967 to 1996 and was on the church council and chairman of the building committee. They moved to Maynard in 1996 and he was a partner in ministry with his wife as they served Maynard-Wang Lutheran Parish. He served on the resolutions committee of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, was a member of Maynard Lions Club playing Santa Claus each Christmas and was recorder of the Chippewa County Thrivent Board. He was treasurer of the Willram Investment Club for many years and served as scout master of Boy Scout Troop 229 in Willmar for many years. He worked as a carpenter building and remodeling homes in the summer.

He is survived by his wife; three sons: Daniel (and Kristine) of Muscat, Oman; Lyle (and Jill) of Willmar and Scott (and Jennifer) of Willmar; seven grandchildren; siblings: Glenn (and Alice) and Anne (and Sherm) Bartz.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

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