Craig Hove


Craig Anthony Hove, of River Falls, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at his West Division Street home. He was 61.

He was born Dec. 10, 1959, to Donald and Mera-Jeanne (Swanson) Hove at Fort Campbell, KY, where his father was serving with the U.S. Army.

The family later moved to Ellsworth where Craig grew up. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1978.

He worked as a laborer and driver for various employers, including Greeley Concrete Ornaments, Strom Construction, Kolpak, The Shopper/Free Press, and the Hudson Star-Observer.

Outside of the workplace, Craig was a 'Jack-of-alltrades'. He enjoyed working on his own vehicles and was a 'MacGyver' when it came to repairing most anything. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying the outdoors, gardening, and being close to nature. Several of his trophy whitetails and fish were proudly on display at his home.

Some of his fondest memories were hunting with his dad, uncles, and childhood friends in the deer country between Ellsworth and Bay City. He loved animals, both wild and his pets, and cared for them unconditionally.

Craig was a thoughtful and sensitive man who could strike up conversation with most anyone, and al- always had genuine interest in what you had to say. He did not have many possessions but was always generous and giving to others.

Craig's greatest joy and accomplishment was raising his son, Jordan. The two spent extensive time shooting hoops, playing catch, fishing, and hunting. He made many sacrifices to ensure Jordan grew up to be a respectable man.

Craig is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and MeraJeanne Hove, and countless other people who he was very close to during his time here on Earth.

He is survived by son Jordan (Alicia) and granddaughter Lydia Hove (of Baraboo); two sisters, Kris (Richard) Hines, Ladonna (Tom) O’Neil; stepmother Laurette Hove (all of Ellsworth) and many other friends and relatives.

Per Craig’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service. A celebration of life will occur later for family and those close to him throughout his life.

As Craig would always say to Jordan at the end of every conversation: 'Tuece…out!'

November 3, 2021