Martin Hovde, 85 of Cloquet died Monday, August 20, 2012 in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born Oct. 20, 1926 in Walker to Arne and Anna Hovde. He graduated from Walker High School in 1945. Martin served in the Army during WWII. On June 21, 1947 he married Charlotte Hunt in Palisade. Martin worked as the postmaster at Ah Gwah Ching for several years. He drove truck for Eddy’s Bread in Floodwood and Grand Rapids. He also managed the Holiday Station Store in Grand Rapids. In 1967 he moved to Cloquet where he managed the Cloquet Holiday Station Store until 1988. He then worked at Alaspa Gas Station until retiring in 2006 at the age of 80.
Martin was a Sunday school teacher in Grand Rapids and Cloquet, where he was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing his entire life, gardening and woodworking. For many years, Martin and Charlotte enjoyed RV traveling and camping.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; and brothers, Arthur, Torfinn, Earling, Alfred and Paul; and one great grandson, Liam Martin Eddy.
He is survived by four daughters, Shirley (Stan) Olsen, and Sharon (John) Hendricks both of Minneapolis, Charlene Love of Yankton, South Dakota, and Crystal (Gary) Youngs of Shakopee; three sons, Dennis (Anne), Don (Kathy), and David all of Saginaw; sisters, Millie (Earl) Grendahl of Exeland, Wisc., Arlene Bly of McIntosh, Minn., and Signe (Ivan) Pederson of Westbrook, Minn.; sister-in-law, Malene Hovde of Stockbridge, Georgia; 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship followed in the church social hall. Military Honors were accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www. atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com