Melvin L. Hovie, 92, Pulaski, died Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay. The son of Melvin T. and Emily (Radtke) Hovie was born September 17, 1929, in Bonduel.
To some, he was Mel. He was a farmer. He was a family man. He was father to three amazing girls. He could be tough as nails, and soft as a feather; we’re talking about a man who worked until his hands were no longer able to work, but made time for The Young and the Restless. He was quick with a joke and always ready to share a laugh. The joke might have been a repeat, but he told it just as well as he did the first time, and it still brought a smile.
To Mel, a stranger was often referred to as “dear”, “darling”, or “sir”. He didn’t just act nice to his neighbor; he truly cared about the people he encountered. The world is a little less pleasant without his attitude and approach to life.
To those who knew him best though, he was Dad, Bubba, or Grampa. Bubba leaves behind such a large family that he likely had a challenge keeping up as it grew. For him, there were so many of us. For us, there was and will only ever be one Bubba. He will be greatly missed, often remembered, and always celebrated.
In his honor, please be nice to each other. Engage a stranger in a way that makes them smile and feel appreciated. Do a favor without expecting anything in return. Make someone laugh. Our burden to make this world a better place is now heavier going forward, but those who knew Mel have a good blueprint to work from.
Dear Weather Channel, please offer broadcasting in heaven, even if it’s always sunny and 75.
Dear Green Bay, please stop it with the damn roundabouts.
Dear Molly Hatchet, let us all know when you’re done tuning your instruments.
Melvin is survived by two daughters: Debbie Mueller (fiancé, Joe Oskey), Pulaski and Pam (Cliff) Landwerlen, Jamestown, IN; nine grandchildren: Matt (Jenny) Folkman, Tarra (Mike) Gallagher, Eric (Joanna) Folkman, Ryan (Jen) Folkman, Clint (Abby) Mueller, Casey (Jill) Mueller, Cole Mueller, Josh (Kari) Landwerlen, and Mindy (Bill) Bodine; 24 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law: Jim Folkman, and a sister-in-law: Marion Eichman.
In addition to his wife, Gloria, and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, James; a daughter, Kathy Folkman; his sister, Gerri (Ole) Rudie; and two brothers-in-law: Clyde Eichman and Gary Erdman.
Friends are invited to gather with the family from 9-11 a.m., Thursday, September 30, at Marnocha Funeral Home, 186 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski. The Funeral Service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Lessor.