Richard “Dick” R. Hover
  • Born on: November 16, 1934
  • Departed on: March 24, 2023
  • Resided in: Cedar Rapids, IA

Richard “Dick” R. Hover

Richard “Dick” R. Hover, 88, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Memorial services will be held on Thursday at 11 AM, with a visitation starting at 9:30 AM, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa.  A luncheon will be held at the church.

Richard Ralph Hover was born on November 16, 1934 to Ralph and Mildred Hover in Davenport, Iowa.  He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and then joined the U.S. Navy shortly after.  He proudly served during the Korean Conflict on the USS Los Angeles.  He met the love of his life in San Francisco.  They were united in marriage on June 29, 1957 in San Francisco, California.  They were happily married for 65 years.

Richard worked for NCR for 29 years as a salesman and retired in 1994.

He was very musical and had the opportunity to play the string bass with Dave Brubeck in San Francisco. Along with playing the string bass, he also played the tuba and the guitar.  Richard was an avid golfer and loved cooking (known for his amazing BBQ ribs).  Dick was a hot air balloonist.  He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the 49ers.

Left to cherish Dick’s memory is his loving wife, Donna; his daughters, Julie (Bob) Madison and Kelly (Eric) Heinemann; his grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Benjamin, Tanner, Quinn, Katie, and Ethan; his great grandchildren, Jade, Savannah, Evelyn, and Eleanor.  Also surviving is sisters-in-law, Betty McCroskey and Kathy Valdivia; and brother-in-law, Jim Fletcher and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janet Fletcher.

Memorial donations may be directed to Camp Courageous.

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