Michael Hove


Michael Hove, 69, passed away September 26, 2022, at his home in Bismarck, after a short battle with cancer. He showed his courage and his strong faith in God in facing his illness.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, with Reverend Mark Narum officiating. Burial will be at the Highland Cemetery in Cavalier County. A livestream of the service will be available here.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 30, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.

Michael Howard Hove was born April 10, 1953, in Sacramento, CA, to Howard and Marion (Wiken) Hove. He grew up on the family farm in Cavalier County, ND, homesteaded by his great-grandparents in 1884 (as he was proud to say). Michael genuinely loved learning, his second passion to creating music. Graduating from Langdon High School in 1971, he continued on to college, and later on in life earned his computer science degree at the University of Mary. Throughout his high school and college years, Michael was involved in music, from All State Band & Choir, to Varsity Bards, to rock and roll bands formed with his buddies and his brother, Mark.

In 1975, Michael married Louise Demur, and through this union was blessed with two sons, Matthew and Benjamin. He was a great father, patient and kind, and fiercely proud of his sons.

Michael began a long and distinguished career with the State Water Commission in the late 1970s, a job that gained him many life-long friends. He was a hard, determined worker, and a tenacious and sharp computer scientist. Through the Water Commission, he met Brenda Bosworth, and they were married in 1998. They built a home and a life together in north Bismarck, leading music at church almost every weekend for 30 years.

Michael was a gifted musician who shared his passion for all kinds of music with many people over the years. He continued to play in bands, among them, Ma’s Cookin’, 4Deep, and the Hove Brothers Band. Though he could play most any instrument he picked up, he was an especially talented vocalist, guitarist, harmonica and flute player.

Grateful and honored to have shared in his life are his wife, Brenda (Bosworth) Hove; his sons, Matthew (Melissa Parra) Hove, San Antonio, TX, and Benjamin (Alyssa Wong) Hove, San Diego, CA; his grandchildren, Sofia and Roman Hove; his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Ingrid Hove, Grand Forks; his nephew, Erik (Hannah) Hove, East Grand Forks; his niece, Brooke (Josh) Harris, Stevensville, MT; his brother- and sister-in-laws in the Bosworth family, Ray and Sharon Bosworth, Myron and Linda Bosworth, Diane Bosworth, Carla and John Bergmeier, Pat and Alan Libra, Connie Bosworth, Tim and Brenda Bosworth, Marc and Sarah Bosworth; and many nieces and nephews in the Bosworth family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard (2009) and Marion (2020) Hove; his brother- and sister-in-law, Ernie and Diane Silbernagel; and his brother-in-laws, Joel Bosworth and John Bosworth.

In lieu of flowers, Michael would have appreciated memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church music ministry (502 N 4th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501).


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Brenda. So sorry to hear about Mike. Condolences and prayers for you. Rest In Peace Good and Faithful Servant

Sympathy and prayers for Mike’s family. He had quite the musical talent. I lost track of him after my life got a bit jumbled but will always remember how his passion for making music shown through. RIP Mike.

Brenda; & Family of Mike;;; We are So, So, Very Sorry to Hear of the Passing of Mike; What an AMAZING Talent Mike had with His Music & “LOVE” of Music 🎼.;;; You will be Truly Missed by Many.!!! RIP

Brenda, Our hearts are saddened and we lift up prayers for Michael, you, and all of your family. He was such a gift and brightened many with his music and positivity. May God keep all of you in his peace during this time and the days ahead. Rest in Peace Michael!

Brenda, Matt, Ben, Mark,
I am very saddened to hear of Mike’s death.  He was a true friend; we spent a lot of time together over the years at the SWC.  We worked on many aquifer tests and projects in the field and later when he was mainly an office guy he became the agency’s expert in satellite imagery and analysis.  He was doing that way before it was cool.  He helped me on a private matter early on that later turned into a lawsuit that is still ongoing.  I was so thankful to have his help and support with that over the years.  He gave me an “award” on my last day and made a plaque.  It’s the only one I have displayed in my home office .  
I’m sorry that I can’t attend his viewing or funeral service, my last unmarried daughter is getting married this weekend, otherwise I would definitely be there.  I’m sure there will be a lot of great memories of Mike shared.  
My Sincere Condolences,
Jon Patch

Mark, I was heartbroken to hear the news of Mike’s passing! My sympathies to all his family!