Dennis Lee Hove


Dennis Lee Hove


Dennis Hove

Dennis Lee Hove, “Pete,” 69, of Billings, passed away Saturday morning, April 22, 2017, at Valley Health Care Center, with his family by his side, after a long battle with kidney disease.

Dennis was born on Dec. 6, 1947, in Plentywood, to Theodore and Blanche Hove. He grew up on a ranch and graduated from Westby High School in 1965. He then went on and attended UM, EMC and Billings Business College. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Rita Jean Spath of Billings. He also served six years in the National Guard.

Dennis worked in sales of wholesale farm machinery his adult life, having owned Countryside Marketing. He served on the Rotary board of directors for two years, being a member for many years, as well as a supporter of the Mt. Equipment Dealers Association and a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Family was a big priority to Dennis, as he was very loving and generous to each one. He was the life of the party and had a big presence everywhere he went. He was well known for his infectious laugh and joke telling. His love for the outdoors lead him on many hunting, fishing and camping trips, as well as some very cold Montana Grizzly football games, as football was his favorite spectator sport.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents; brother Les; and infant son, Christopher Lee.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Rita Hove; his daughter, Jill M Hove; son Christopher J Hove; four grandchildren, Andrew, Ary, Rebecca, Zayne; brothers Ron (Kathy), Jim (Daphne), Corey; sisters Sue Arthur (Julian), Karla Christensen (Don); and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to sister Karla for her kidney donation, which extended his life for over 10 years.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 N. 24th St. West.

Donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Billings 999, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd or a charity of your choice.

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13 thoughts on “Dennis Lee Hove”

  1. Rita, so sorry to see that Dennis has passed, I am out of town but want to give you my condolences. May he rest in peace. Blessings to you and the children.
    Tim Birkle

  2. Mike and Stacey Oliver

    My dear Rita and family, I want you to know you have our deepest sympathy for you and your family, and to understand that having you two as our friends is a very special thing. If there is anything that we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask. With Love and Sympathy, Mike and Stacey Oliver

  3. Rita- Please accept my sympathy for Dennis’s passing. I have nothing but great memories of our times at the wholesaler’s conventions and other travels with you guys. They threw away the mold
    after his creation.
    Buz Nelson
    Salt Lake City

  4. Susan K Wagner

    I worked with Dennis in the early 70’s at Parker Montana.
    My father also worked there and that is how I knew Dennis. I don’t think that I have ever worked
    with anyone quite like him. He was great to work with and a lot of fun to party with.
    His sense of humor was fantastic and he would do anything for you !!
    I am so sorry for your loss Rita and family.
    He was one of a kind!!!!!!!

    Sue Wagner

  5. Rita & saddened to hear of Pete’s passing! He is @ peace now & in no more agony…I have nothing but funny memories of him, starting with sitting behind him in class in high school! You can imagine the jokes & pranks!! I pray for your strength through these coming days & for your kids & grandkids. Sending hugs & love! 💙

  6. Clayton & Carol Pike

    Rita & Family, we are so sorry for your lose. We enjoyed the times we visited with you and Dennis. He was such a fun guy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If there’s anything we can do, please let us know. God Bless. Love, Clayton & Carol Pike

  7. Rita and family, I was so sorry to hear that Dennis had passed. Mom called and told me and was very very upset. I know how special both you and Dennis were to both Mom and Dad and remember hearing of all the good times you had traveling together. I also remember how good Dennis was to Dad the last few years of his life letting him work as long as he could. Know that my prayers are with you and that you can call if you ever need someone to talk too. Know that he is in a better place and is not suffering anymore. …..Dodie

  8. Dear Rita and family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Dennis’ passing – he certainly was a larger-than-life personality. As a colleague and friend of my father’s (Buz Nelson) I remember having a blast with him at the FEWA convention in ’94, and always enjoyed the gentle political sparring that he and I used to do. RIP Dennis.
    Kelly & Joey Miles

  9. John W. Jacobsen

    Dear Rita, my condolences for your loss. In the 30+ years I did work for Dennis, he was always upbeat and pleasant…even if I had to break bad tax news to him. I enjoyed his laughter and view of life: live it while you can, because you just never know. He will be missed.
    Deepest sympathy, John W. Jacobsen

  10. kelly johnson

    my condolences to the whole family, pete was a amazing guy always made me laugh i always enjoyed his laugh and smile i always enjoyed when he came to westby hunting we knew if pete was in town it was going to be full of laughter, he always made me smile, we will miss him dearly.

  11. Charles Reilly

    Rita, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis. He has a good person to spend time with at our FEWA meetings. He was a wonderful friend and so enjoyable to be around. I go back to days of of the Bush Hog summer meetings and a couple of wonderful fishing trips on the Big Horn with Dennis, one with my children Charlie IV and Chelsea. This is one of the best times I had with my kids and Dennis. It was a pleasure to spend time with you, Dennis and your sisters. Charlie Reilly

  12. Chelsea Reilly

    My father, Charles Reilly, was a friend of Dennis. My brother and I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis on a family fishing trip in 2005, when we were teenagers. Dennis was so kind, hospitable, and funny. I still have the pink cowboy hat that he insisted on buying for me. He made sure we all had fun, and that trip is still one of my fondest memories of time spent with my family. I only met him once, but he definitely seemed to be one of a kind. My condolences to your family.
    Chelsea Reilly

  13. Bitsy Merchant

    Dear Rita and family, it’s been a long time but I remember Dennis as a good friend and life of the party. He always made me laugh with that infectious laugh he had and his sense of humor. I send my sympathy and love to you. I am saddened that I will miss his service as we are out of town. I send my hugs and love to you Rita! Bitsy Larson Merchant

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