Obituary: Denny Hove

Dennis Lee Hove, 69, of Billings, Montana, passed away April 22, 2017, at Valley Health Care Center, with his family by his side, after a long battle with kidney disease.

Dennis was born on December 6, 1947, in Plentywood, Montana, to Theodore and Blanche Hove. He grew up on a ranch and graduated from Westby High School in 1965. He then went on and attended UM, EMC and Billings Business College. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Rita Jean Spath of Billings. He also served six years in the National Guard.

Dennis worked in sales of wholesale farm machinery his adult life, having owned Countryside Marketing. Hove founded Hovco, Inc., in 1983 and joined FEWA in 1984. Hovco became Countryside Marketing in 1988, and became a branch location of General Implement Distributors in 2003.

He served on the Rotary board of directors for two years, being a member for many years, as well as a supporter of the Mt. Equipment Dealers Association and a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Family was a big priority to Dennis, as he was very loving and generous to each one. He was the life of the party and had a big presence everywhere he went. He was well known for his infectious laugh and joke telling. His love for the outdoors lead him on many hunting, fishing and camping trips, as well as some very cold Montana Grizzly football games, as football was his favorite spectator sport.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents; brother Les; and infant son, Christopher Lee.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Rita Hove; his daughter, Jill Hove; son Christopher Hove; four grandchildren, Andrew, Ary, Rebecca, Zayne; brothers Ron (Kathy), Jim (Daphne), Corey; sisters Sue Arthur (Julian), Karla Christensen (Don); and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to sister Karla for her kidney donation, which extended his life for more than 10 years.

Memorial services will be held June 12. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Billings 999, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd or a charity of your choice. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

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Mark your calendars – EMDA’s 2018 Spring Management Workshop

Mark your calendars and plan to attend EMDA’s 2018 Spring Management Workshop next April 6 & 7 at the Sheraton Old San Juan hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  More details will be published as the Board works on the program agenda. But first, let’s learn a bit about Puerto Rico and the Sheraton Old San Juan!

Discover the history behind the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico – and come home every night to the comfortably appointed accommodations of the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Wander down the blue cobblestone streets, enjoy a delicious meal in an open-air cafe on a shady plaza, and tour the many historical sites unique to Puerto Rico.  You won’t be able to imagine yourself anywhere else.

The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel is located just a short ride from the international airport (12  miles from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport-SJU) and right on the waterfront, providing gorgeous views of San Juan Bay and the historic skyline. Just steps from the front door, you will be introduced to world class shopping, the finest restaurants, exciting nightlife and the beautiful architectural landmarks of Old San Juan.

While it’s fascinating to explore the centuries-old history of the city, the hotel offers modern comforts as well. The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel offers every amenity imaginable to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible, including:

  • Newly renovated guest rooms and suites offering the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed
  • A rooftop pool offering phenomenal views of the San Juan Bay
  • Palio, the signature restaurant, serving innovative and delectable Puerto Rican fusion cuisine, as well as a fun nightly social hour
  • The Link@Sheraton, with Internet workstations and printers
  • Rental Car Desk right inside the hotel, so it’s easy to explore anywhere on the island of enchantment

Puerto Rico might be a tropical island in the Caribbean, but it’s also a U.S. Commonwealth. That not only means you can travel overseas and not have to carry a passport if you’re a U.S. Citizen, it means your flight is considered domestic. Here are some other interesting and note-worthy facts:

CLIMATE: It can be really boring for a meteorologist in Puerto Rico. The average year-round temperature is a balmy 82º F (28º C), with mild easterly trade winds. Most days are sunny and stunning, although there tends to be a bit more rain between August and October.

CUISINE: In Puerto Rico you will find just about every type of ethnic cuisine here that satisfies every palate, including the local “cocina criolla” which you must try as soon as you arrive. There are also plenty of major American fast-food and casual dining chains island-wide.

CURRENCY: Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth so the U.S. dollar it is. No need to exchange currency. ATMs are generally easy to find. Most businesses accept major credit cards, as well as traveler’s checks.

We can’t wait to welcome you to EMDA’s Spring Management Workshop and the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel!

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Beaver Valley Supply seeking outside territory salesman

Beaver Valley Supply Co, Inc. Seeking Outside Territory Sales Position

Beaver Valley Supply, Atwood, Kansas, is seeking an outside salesman. Territory available is Central and Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas. Outside territory sales position will sell shortline equipment in a pre-established area. Must have agricultural background.


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CONIC Automotive seeks North American distribution partners

CONIC Automotive Pvt. Ltd., the largest engine part/gasket manufacturer in India, is seeking North American distribution partners.

Product range includes: engine overhaul, decarbonising and conversion gasket kits, cylinder head gaskets and non-asbestos materials, in retorque and non-retorque constructions. Exhaust & inlet manifold gaskets and exhaust system gaskets are manufactured, using a diverse range of metallic and non-metallic materials, including graphite, mica, laminations and solid steel. Gasket materials in various sizes & thickness in composite constructions for a wide range of gasket application. Special packaging can be developed to suit customer requirements.

CONIC’s facilities are ISO 9001:2008 certified and comprise of specialized presses-mechanical, pneumatic & hydraulic with capacity range up to 200 tonnes sophisticated surface coating equipment, the latest sealing technology supported by in-house tool manufacture. The CONIC R&D facility, supported by specialized engineers and technicians is committed to keep pace with the latest technological advancements & developments in Gasket manufacturing.

For more information contact:

Ravinder Singh
Director Sales
Conic Automotive Pvt Ltd


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EMDA Board meeting held in Savannah, GA

EMDA Board of Directors
EMDA Board of Directors

EMDA Board from left to right: Jenni Edney; Jerry Nettles; Ron Chandler; Kent Zimmerman; Steve Prouty; Wayne Barber

The EMDA Board of Directors just finished the annual Spring Board meeting and are ready to enjoy the afternoon exploring the Savannah area before the opening Welcome Reception tonight for the Spring Management Workshop.

The Board meets twice annually to reviews the current state of the Association and have a good start on pre-planning for the EMDA Fall convention this November 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Houston. 

The Spring Management Workshop sessions begin tomorrow morning with Milton King of Homeland Security Department who will about security issues affecting our industry: customs issues with imports, biosecurity, port issues, etc. This year’s Member on Display session will feature Jerry Nettles from Short Line Sales/Short Line Implement. And the morning’s agenda concludes with a report from EMDA’s Scholarship Committee headed by Steve Prouty.

Once the 2017 Spring meeting is concluded, staff will be work on site selection for the 2018 Spring Management Workshop.



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