Laverne Bernard Hoveland, the eldest child of Bert and Lil, was born on June 7, 1935, in the big Hoveland farmhouse built by his Grandpa Ludwig. He was baptized at the nearby Zion Lutheran Church as a young baby. Three siblings – Dennis, Karen and Patricia would later join the family. The family later moved to Camrose where Laverne took his schooling, graduating from Camrose Lutheran College in 1954. His Christian faith became very real to him during his teenage years and he later felt the call to enter the Christian ministry. He took his university and seminary training in Saskatoon graduating as a pastor in 1961. He married Marilyn Hoveland the same summer and they began their life together serving parishes at Lake Alma, SK and Preeceville, SK; Valhalla-La Glace in the Peace Country and Thorsby, AB. He also taught at the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose for ten years. During these summers he furthered his education at Wheaton College, Illinois, which earned him a Master’s Degree in Christian Education. The one summer included a study program in Israel.
The family grew to include four children – Paul, Faith, John and Mark, who were the center of his personal life. Many of his extra home and community activities centered around his children’s involvement in various areas. As a family, camping was an important part of each summer; and as the children grew up and had their own homes, trips to visit them were highlights, especially as the grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived.
Laverne retired from full-time ministry in 2000, but continued with part-time interim positions and volunteering until his Parkinson’s made it difficult to continue.
Laverne and Marilyn travelled extensively in retirement, first as campers and then flying cheaply thanks to the pilot son. They travelled across Canada a number of times and also visited the majority of the States. A very special trip was taken to Norway where they went to trace their roots.
The advancing Parkinson’s during the last years and especially months made extra activities more difficult, but through all of it, Laverne was never heard to complain about his condition. One special event was that Laverne and Marilyn were able to celebrate their 60th anniversary in July of this year with an intimate family gathering.
Laverne loved his Lord, he loved his family and he loved his church.
Laverne will be deeply missed by his wife Marilyn, his son Paul (Maureen); son John (Marie) with grandsons Caleb & Connor; son Mark (Danelle); son-in-law Gordon Kut; grand-daughter Chantel (Shawn) with great grandsons Rylen, Hayden & Beckem; brother Dennis; sister Karen (Larry) Frazier; sister Patricia Axten; sister-in-law Alice Haldorson and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Bert & Lil and by his only daughter Faith Kut.
Due to the pandemic restrictions a private funeral will be held and a livestream of the funeral will be available at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2022. Please click on this link to view the ceremony. Interment will follow at the Camrose Valleyview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Association, Canadian Lutheran World Relief or to any of the charities you know Laverne loved or to the charity of one's choice.