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Raymond D. "Dennis" Hovey, 70 of Byron, MN died Saturday, February 11, 2023 at his home with his family by his side.

Dennis served in the United States Army and was then united in marriage to Nancy Aleckson on July 9, 1977. The couple made their home in Byron. Dennis worked many years as a league director at D&R Star.

Dennis was proud of his "stamina, endurance, and dignity in his on-going journey of sobriety." He was a good friend to many and a positive force to all who knew him.
Dennis is survived by his wife Nancy, children Josh (Jess Behnken) Hovey of Rochester, Holly (Jamie Davidson) Hovey of Byron, and Jorden (Angelie) Hovey of Stewartville, he is also survived by three grandchildren Jace, Hazley, and Flynn, his father Daryl (Ruby) Hovey of Sebring, FL, and his brother Dude (Lydia) Hovey of Live Oak, CA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Billie, brother Mitchell, and grandson Jack Raymond.

A Celebration of Life service will be held from 4-7 PM on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Ranfranz and Vine Remembrance and Reception Center (5482 Royal Pl NW, Rochester, MN). Interment with honors will be at Byron Cemetery at a later date.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hovey family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit



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5482 Royal Pl NW
Rochester, MN 55901
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C Connie Oldham on Feb 19, 2023

Nancy & Holly and other family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you

L Lisa Korthauer on Feb 17, 2023

Dennis was such a strong presence. His strong resilance and unique style were a breath of fresh air in a sometimes monochromatic world.

R Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home on Feb 16, 2023


R Ranfranz Vine on Feb 16, 2023

M Melissa Monroe on Feb 15, 2023

Many fond memories of Hovey in the dart world. Our condolences, Chuck Shaner and Mel Monroe

M Melissa Monroe on Feb 15, 2023

Many years of fond memories of Hovey in the dart world. Our condolences, Chuck Shaner and Mel Monroe

R Robert & Cindy Denzer on Feb 14, 2023

Nancy, Holly, Josh and Jordan.
Our deepest condolences to you and your families.
My memories will be of his laughter, his love for you Nancy and how proud he was of all his children.
And of course his love for Darts.
Godspeed to the heavens Hove — the gang is getting bigger💗💗💗

T Tom & Vicki Markham on Feb 14, 2023

Sending Thoughts & Prayers to Holly and The Entire Hovey Family. May Hovey R.I.P.

M Mary Jane Hass on Feb 14, 2023

A wonderful man who loved his family. May he rest in peace.

R Rodney Born on Feb 13, 2023

Hovey was a great friend. I began throwing darts in 1984. Not sure where we first met. I had a lot of fun throwing darts against each other and teaming up with him at a tournament. I will truly miss Him. I retired from darts this last spring. Rest in Peace Hovey till we meet again. Rodney Born



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