Andrew R. Hovanes


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Andrew “Andy” R. Hovanes, 81 who passed away Nov. 19, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, and one hour prior to Mass Monday all at the church in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at the parish cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.                                                   

Andy was born Oct. 21, 1942, in St. Cloud to Andrew and Mary (Sufka) Hovanes. He was a lifelong resident of Sauk Rapids, a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Andy and his brothers, Jerry and Steve, owned and operated Andy’s Towing in St. Cloud until 2006, he belonged to the Minnesota Towing Association, Wisconsin and Iowa Towing Association, was a member of both TRAA and the St. Cloud Metro Lions club, and he was proud to be a member in the Towing Hall of Fame. Andy was also a member of the Sauk Rapids Fire Department, from 1963 to 2001. He held many positions there including, secretary, captain, second assistant chief, first assistant chief and chief for 12 years. After he retired from the fire department, he became a member of Engine Company No. 2.

Andy is survived by his brothers, Jerry (Joyce) Hovanes of Sauk Rapids, Steve (Karen) Hovanes of Sartell; sisters, Susan Voit of Sauk Rapids and Joanie (Rodney) Determan of Prescott, Arizona.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials preferred to Sauk Rapids Fire Department Relief Assn. and Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation.

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