In loving memory of

Joshua Lee Hovenga
June 15, 1984 - May 6, 2020

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Hampton Cemetery.

Joshua Lee Hovenga, 35, of Mason City, passed away May 6, 2020, at the MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. He was born June 15, 1984, in Hampton, Iowa to Steven Roger Johnson and Sharon Lynn Hovenga.

Joshua attended school in Hampton and Charles City, graduating from Charles City High School. He worked at Smithfield Foods Mason City, Iowa. Joshua served his country in the United States Marines Corps.

Josh's passions always ran high, he loved hard and fast. His greatest accomplishment and love was his daughter Emma. He was always cheerful, witty, and loved to playfully tease to get a rise out of anyone. Josh always had the biggest spot in his heart for his family and never failed to show them his love for them. Josh especially loved babies and little kids since he got to play and conspire against their parents with them for fun. He loved to golf, being outdoors, fishing, and attending wrestling events. Josh was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Vikings fan. His dog, Ike, was his best friend. If you were a stranger to Josh, he spared no expense in showing you comfort with friendship and laughter.

Joshua is survived by his daughter Emma Lynn Hovenga Wegner, mother Sharon (Matt) Whipple of Hampton, father Steven (Krystal) Johnson of Charles City, paternal grandmother Nola Johnson of Charles City, maternal grandfather Paul Hovenga of Hampton, sister Chelsea (Tyler) Lorenzen of Vinton, brother Cole (Kelsey) Marzen of Mason City, sister Kylee Whipple of Hampton, brother Garald (Jenny) Rivers of Coggon, sister Brandy Rivers of Garner, brother Jesse (Kali) Johnson of DeSoto and Jared Johnson of Charles City.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Jeri Hovenga, paternal grandfather Roger Johnson, and uncle Paul Hovenga.


Jo Ellen & Dennie Ungs wrote on May 17, 2020:

"Sincerest condolences to Josh's family and friends. Though we can never understand why God chooses to bring some home, but we are blessed with the memories that he leaves behind. R.I.P. Joshua."

Gabrael Varrelman wrote on May 15, 2020:

"Semper Fi Josh "

Shawn W wrote on May 14, 2020:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you .... a terrible loss."

Jeri Ascher wrote on May 13, 2020:

"May our heavenly family wrap their arms tightly around the family and hold you in strength, love and peace? Sincerest sympathies to all????????"

Tremayne Hillhouse wrote on May 10, 2020:

"I?m really really sorry for your loss, I was so blessed to have known Josh. What a incredible person he is, such a solid person. With a heart big enough for the world. It was a honor knowing him. I say this to the entire family Josh, God himself is the ONLY one with authority to give life or take life. We may not understand why or how but, this I do know. That God doesn?t make mistakes. Look at Josh, what a creation he is. Lean on each other and bear one another?s burdens. I?m praying for you all that peace floods your hearts. My condolences. "

Lona Davenport Covington wrote on May 9, 2020:

"I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories of Josh be a blessing and may you find comfort in love in each other. "

Alysa wrote on May 9, 2020:

"Sending my condolences to all his family and friends. I?m so sorry for your loss. Josh personality will never be forgotten. He had an ability to make anyone he met smile. "

Jayne Stowe wrote on May 8, 2020:

"Josh was always kind, caring and respectful. What a sad and untimely loss. My condolences to his family and friends. God speed."

JoAnne wrote on May 8, 2020:

"I?m so sorry to hear of Josh?s passing. My condolences to all of his family. "

Lori Craighton wrote on May 8, 2020:

"I am so sorry for the loss of your family's loss! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!"