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Landon (Jack) Hovious, Mansville, KY native, (1936-2015)

Steve Coomer of Columbia shared news of the passing of his Uncle Jack Hovious. Services were held September 15 in Louisville, KY. He was a decorated military servant and a volunteer who brought joy and laughter to everyone he met and appreciated life more than anyone. He made a huge difference in so many of his students' lives.
Landon "Jack" Hovious was born October 2, 1936 in Mannsville, KY and passed away September 12, 2015. Jack served his country as an Air Force Supply Clerk from 1953 until 1957, Army National Guard cannoneer 1957-58, and served in the US Navy from Feb. 10, 1958 until October 16, 1976, retiring as a Master Chief with the Navy. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars.


He was also a retired NJROTC Instructor teaching at Iroquois High School for 20 years and also coached 7 sports while at Iroquois.

During Jack's career in the military, he was awarded the following medals: Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with untitled device, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal Navy/Marine Corps 3 star, National Defense Service Medal 1 star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 1 star, Vietnam Service Medal 2 star Fleet Marine Force combat, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal Korea.

Jack was an avid golfer, volunteered at Baptist Health, was a "snowbird" for five months out of the year in St. Augustine, FL, had a scoring record at Norfolk gym for basketball, was third all Europe racquetball champion for services, and coached the championship Mediterranean sports conference basketball team in Rota, Spain.

Jack brought joy and laughter to everyone he met and appreciated life more than anyone. He was a great storyteller too, and he made a huge difference in so many of his students' lives.

Survivors include:
  • His wife Denny Hovious,

  • His son Mike Hovious,

  • His daughter Michelle O'Donnell (John),

  • His stepson Devin Wirth (Mara),

  • His granddaughter Jessica O'Donnell,

  • His grandson John O'Donnell, Jr. (Courtney),

  • His grandson Kendrick Wirth,

  • Two sisters-in-law Marty Duenow Henneka (Steve) and Debby Duenow,

  • Many loving nieces, nephews and friends,

  • and his loving dogs Hector, Max and Sadie.
Visitation was Tuesday September 15th at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. A Memorial Mass was held Wednesday at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, 2119 Payne Street, followed by burial with Military Honors at New Albany National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Lung Association, the Semper Fi Fund or to the Arrow Fund.


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Landon (Jack) Hovious, Mansville, KY native, (1936-2015)



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Landon "Jack" Hovious (1936-2015)

Steve Coomer of Columbia shared news of the passing of his Uncle Jack Hovious. Services were held September 15 in Louisville, KY. He was a decorated military servant and a volunteer who brought joy and laughter to everyone he met and appreciated life more than anyone. He made a huge difference in so many of his students' lives.

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