Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Royal O Hovland
March 12, 1934 - March 15, 2020

Place of Birth: Lignite, North Dakota
Residence: Powers Lake, North Dakota
Age: 86

Royal Olender Hovland, 86 of Powers Lake, ND passed away at his home on Sunday, March 15th. Springan Stevenson Funeral Home in Stanley, ND is assisting the family.
He was born in Lignite, ND to Cora and Norman Hovland Sr. on March 12, 1934. He graduated from Lignite High School in 1952. In December 1953, he entered the army. He married Felipa Machica on November 6, 1956 at the Soldiers Chapel Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. They moved to Minot where Royal was getting his BS in Music Education at Minot State College.

Royal taught in Berthold and Plaza before moving in the Fall of 1960 to Powers Lake to start teaching music where he remained for the rest of his life.
They raised their four daughters, Renette, Roberta, Rochelle, and Rosalani in Powers Lake and also their son, Randall who passed away in 1972.
Royal was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he served as Parish President from 1972-1978. He was very crucial to his church at that time as they needed his leadership to get them through some tough times finding a Pastor and staying on top of our finances. But what most people will remember most fondly about Royal and Holy Cross is the impromptu choir that he assembled and directed every Christmas Eve at the Candlelight Service. Many will remember that if you were a former student, he would pull you from the congregation up to the front to sing whether you wanted to or not.

He was also a member of our local Legion Auxiliary. He played taps for many Memorial Day ceremonies plus playing taps for any Veterans when they had passed away.
Royal was very proud of the music program that he had built and some of the awards and recognition he received throughout the years included:

• Outstanding Young Educator Award 1967
• State Governor Leadership Award 1968
• Stage Band 1974 Expo
• Disney World 1977
• Governor’s Band 1978
• ND Music Educator of the Year 1986
• Vocal and Instrumental Representative for MENC 1964-1966 and 1979-1981

After retiring from teaching, he remained dedicated to education and the education process by becoming a School Board Member in 2005 and was a member for 15 years.
Teaching music was not his only love however; Royal enjoyed performing music and his vocal group “The Generation Gap” performed widely and entertained many crowds all around our area. The group consisted of Royal, Pete Weist, Doug Eckert, and Kayo Grubb.

After the singing years came the brass years, he joined the Brass Band of Minot and enjoyed going to Minot to practice every Sunday and performing several times throughout the year. He enjoyed this activity because it also involved his fellow music teacher and brother Tilman.

The military is another huge influence in Royal’s life. He fought in the Korean War, where he received the purple heart, and joined the Army Reserve after being honorably discharged. He achieved the rank of Command Sargeant Major which is the highest rank you can achieve by a noncommissioned officer. It was during this time that he became an LPN to assist in his military career. He worked with the 311 General Hospital Medical Unit until he retired after 35 years of service.

In later years, the things that brought Royal the most joy, were when students stopped in to visit and reminisce, or when his boxers stopped in to talk about the time he took them to compete and they all left beating their opponents by TKO (technical knockouts). Also, he loved having his grandchildren and great grandchildren around him.

He is survived by his wife, Felipa (Faye) Hovland of Powers Lake; his daughter’s, Renette (Scott) Nordloef of Williston, ND, Roberta (Roger) Helseth of Powers Lake, ND, Rochelle (Cody) Irons of Halliday, ND and Lani (Tom) Lucy also of Powers Lake, ND; grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Chandell, Courtney, Nicholas, Keilani, Destiny, Konnor, Kalea and Liam; great grandchildren, Jadelyn, Tiegen, Kaegan, Koben, Kymbree, Cutter, Keiana, Aria, Huntlei, Paxton and Dekker; his brother, Tilman(Kay) Hovland of Rugby, ND, Beverly (Rodney) Hudson of Eau Claire, WI, and Cheryl Malkowski of Belfield, ND, numerous nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Randall; his daughter, Faith; his son-in-law, Craig; his brother, “Bud” Norman Hovland Jr., his father-in-law, Casiano Machica; his mother-in-law, Cipriana Machica and his sister-in-law, Rose Siarot.

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Maxine Jensen (Bismarck, ND)
Mar 17, 2020
To the family of Royal, may God keep blessing you until you are all together once again. Royal was a teacher when I was in second grade. God Bless
Ruth Nelson Newman (Beulah, ND)
Mar 17, 2020
What an awesome man and music teacher. He was much loved ... Hugs Faye... Thoughts to you and your family
Amanda Lorenz (Dodge, ND)
Mar 17, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time. ~The Lorenz Family
Lucy Bonnie (Minot, ND)
Mar 17, 2020
I believe Mr. Hovland was the best music teacher around and I was blessed that he was mine. Many times we didn't see eye-to-eye and he would boot me out of the music room, mostly in band, because we all know that a teenager is much smarter than her remarkably intelligent bandmaster! He always allowed me back in, why I'll never know, because my clarinet would screech like a hawk and I was never any good; loved marching band too. He was also the best choir director ever and I was very proud to be a part of this class. Mr. Hovland was also my guitar teacher and I took lessons from him for several years, from 5th grade until I was a senior. There's no words to describe this man; he was talented beyond measure, led his choirs and bands to do things that we thought were impossible. Every time I hear the song "Leader of the Band" and I'm now sorry that I never told him that - at the end of the song it says "I am a living legacy of the leader of the band". That's us, his students, even though grown and much older ourselves, we are still a part of the legacy that he leaves behind. Mr. Hovland, you were and are loved. Thank you for all of the time you spent molding kids into musicians and singers. XXOO

To the family: May God keep you in his light during this most difficult time. Prayers from both Paul and me.
Tim Holmen (Dayton, Ohio)
Mar 17, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family. Mr. Hovland was one of two teachers who had the most impact on my life. He instilled a deep sense of music appreciation to all who had him as their teacher, and his Army service inspired me to a career in the Air Force. I fondly remember all the music events we participated in under his leadership. When I talk about him, I say he was the best band director in North Dakota and Powers Lake was blessed to have him as a teacher for virtually his entire career!
Shelley Cree (Glide, Oregon )
Mar 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of your dads passing...he sounded like an amazing man. Thinking of you and your family.
Monica Essen Haskin (Williston , ND)
Mar 17, 2020
One last time from the class of 1976: “To Sir With Love “. We dedicated that’s song to Mr. Hovland our Sr.year when we graduated from Powers Lake High School. He definitely deserves this song and so many more. Fly high Mr. Hovland and rest easy.
My sincere condolences to his family. We lost a good man, and yes he will be missed by so many of us. My prayers & hugs to all his family. Smile as you
Have so many great memories. You all have a very special angel on your shoulders. RIP Mr. Hovland
Mar 18, 2020
Thank you, Mr. Hovland, for everything you did for me. You saw something in me I didn't know I had. You produced the musical I wrote, helped me go to Europe with the President's Band and influenced my entire life.
Thank you seems like such a small of sentiment for everything you gave me.
To the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Keith Kallberg (Stanley, ND)
Mar 19, 2020
Thinking of you all at this difficult,
Royal was such a special and kind person, I’ll always remember how he could turn a cloudy day into sunshine and lift your spirits with his music. He will be missed!!
Kathy jorgenson (Danube , MN)
Mar 26, 2020
Mr. Hoveland was a inspiration to me and encouraged me to sing, play flute and he gave help to my classmates in forming a band. I wish his family blessing during your loss. Mr. Hoveland will always be a mentor teacher to me.
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