Paul A. Hoven

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, January 21, 1944
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Age:
69 years old

Visitation

Date: Tuesday January 14, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Tuesday January 14, 2014
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery [ view map ]

Burial Information

Burial of ashes with military honors will be at a later date.

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, January 21, 1944
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Age:
69 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, January 21, 1944
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Age:
69 years old

Paul A. Hoven

 
Paul’s family would like to offer a special thank you to Jim Shaler for being the best cousin/brother/friend that Paul could have had. With straight talk and lots of love and support, Jim was always there for Paul. We would also like to recognize his many friends across the country, but Tim McCune in particular. Tim provided Paul with unrelenting support through many years and many miles. Last but certainly not least, we would like to offer our sincere appreciation to all the health care providers that have worked with Paul the past nine years. A special thank you Diane Meyer and to the staff of 6 Mary Brigh for offering care and compassion during Paul’s many visits.

 

Paul Anthony Hoven, son of the late Chester and Margaret (Koester) Hoven, was born on January 21, 1944 and died nearly 70 years later on January 9, 2014.

He was raised in Owatonna and graduated from Marian High School in 1962. A graduate of Mankato State University, Paul was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army. He served as a combat assault helicopter pilot and flight commander in Cambodia and Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division. He graduated from flight school in 1968 and 10 days later took part in a combat assault on the Y Bridge in Saigon. Using call sign Jayhawk 21, his 1392 flight hours during the Vietnam war were mainly combat assault and support missions. In 1969, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his heroic efforts. After completing a career as a weapons consultant in Washington DC, Paul returned to Minnesota to be closer to his family during his retirement years.

Preceded in death by his parents and niece, Catherine Quintal, he is survived by his sisters Ann Hoven (Don Lipsey) of Maple Grove; Mary Kristo (Steve Maier) and Julie Quintal both of Rochester; nieces Alaina Quintal and Rachel Lipsey; and nephews Aaron Kristo, Matt Kristo, Nathan Kristo and Adam Lipsey.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, January 14, at 11:00 am, in the River Park Chapel of the Macken Funeral Home located at 1105 - 12th St SE in Rochester. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Gift of Life House, 705 - 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

 Online condolances are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

Condolences

The family of Paul A. Hoven has received the following condolences.

Family,

Paul and I played "war" together as kids, he the worrier that blew thing up; I the medic that "fixed" the wounded.  We grew up and we played WAR again, same duties, different results.  I'll miss my childhood friend.

My love and thoughts to the family I grew up with.

Paul,

I still remember all of the discussions on guns, models and political conspiracies. I also remember al of your help with the media in our push for a Special Operations command.  Vui, my wife, remembers your love for Aunties Vietnamese soups with Shrimp. I regret the distancing but will always remember you as a friend and a person that loved his country.  May you rest in Peace.

Cheers,

Andy 

I remember Paul as smart, busy, well-connected person who nevertheless took the time to help show me and other Washington D.C. novices the ropes. Since then, I have done my best to make time to teach and encourage people starting new careers, and it has been the most rewarding part of my professional life.

Thank you, Paul, for this priceless life lesson.

Thank you, Paul's family, for helping make him the person he was. I hope these remembrances comfort you during this time of loss.

Sincerely,

Greg Williams

To Julie and to the rest of Paul's family,

 

I hope you are able to celebrate Paul's life with fond memories.  I took care of Paul when he first received his heart transplant and many times there after, and always enjoyed the conversations we shared.  He was a very interesting, intriguing person, and a patient that I always admired.  I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know Paul over the past several years.  I pray that he is at peace and that your family finds comfort during this difficult time.  My sincere condolences go to all of you, especially you, Julie, as I know Paul greatly appreciated all of your support.

 

Ann Nelson, RN
MB6D

Julie and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss and so grateful for your devotion.

I will remember Paul as a complex yet simple, tough guy softie, who loved his family, served his country, laughed with his friends and stuck to his opinions...He will be both missed and remembered.

Your Friend, Tom and the Partridge Family

Sorry to hear of your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Julie,

My thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this time. Paul always had good things to say about you when he was with us nurses on the transplant unit. I had many conversations with him and really enjoyed taking care of him. He was a good man and he is now in a more peaceful place. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Melissa Theobald, RN

Julie and Alaina,

You have suffered some big losses this fall with your mother's passing and now your brother,(and Uncle). I am so sorry that this has happened, but you can rest well knowing that you were a good supporter for him and you took very good care of your brother when he was ill. You sacrificed a lot of your personal time to be with him and offer him solace. I hope that makes it easier for you in saying goodbye.

Love to you Julie and Alaina too.

 Ann, Mary & Julie,

Was saddened to hear of Paul's death even tho I know he is in a better place.  I will miss him always as a great friend and classmate.  My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families.

 

Marlene

Although a sad time for all of Paul's family and friends, I know he is in a better place with no more suffering to endure.  I have many, many wonderful memories of Paul all throughout school, especially at Marian HS.  If you are looking down at me Paul I do remember the candle that burned at 3 ends that you made and what you were alluding to!  I was grateful that he included me in his e-mails charting his journey during his illnesses.  He was a great defender of America and I am glad that I was able to call him my friend.  R.I.P Paul.  And to Julie and the rest of his family, celebrate his life!

 

Lois Bailey Zolnosky, Class of "62".

Dear Julie and Family,

 

I'll be thinking of you and praying for you as you celebrate Paul's life and grieve his passing.  I hope this will be a good family time for you as you "circle the wagons" around each other and relive great family memories.  God bless you all.

 

Jackie Hamilton

Sitka, Alaska

My deepest condolences to the family.  Paul was not only a great soldier but a great classmate and friend.

Thank you Paul for your service to our country.  It was and is appreciated as we humans struggle to find peace within the confines of Planet Earth.  May your energy continue to carry you through the heavens and beyond. I cherished our conversation at the MHS 50th class reunion.  Peace!

Paul displayed valor, intellect, and leadership in all that he did. He was a true hero to our country and will be deeply missed.  Chuck Brooks

Paul,

You were one of my father's best friends, and you know he didn't spend time with just anyone. He understood that you were smart, inquisitive, engaging, driven and a no-nonsense kind of guy. He always looked forward to your long, overnight chats and he recounted them to me fondly.

You were always interested in keeping up with the activities of your friend's children, and were quick to praise their successes. I'm sure all of your friends appreciated that as much as I did.

To Julie and the rest of your family that worked tirelessly over the last ten years to keep you going through a long list of illnesses, we owe them great thanks for giving us more time to engage with your unique and wonderful character. 

 

So long Paul. You will be missed.

Dave and the Gaboury family

Paul,

 

You were an outstanding servant to our country and a wonderful patient and human being. We will miss you very much. 

 

My sincere condolences to your sister Julie who took exceptional care of you over the years and to all of your family. 

 

Barry