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Vernon Hoven Obituary – Bozeman, MT (1943-2024)

Vernon Bernard Hoven, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a respected expert on federal taxes, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024 in Sunnyvale, California, surrounded by his loving family. He was 80 years old. Vern was born on September 25, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota. Vern’s early years were marked by the influences of his father, a prominent district court judge, and his sense of adventure, recounted by many family members. Vern earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in Missoula. As Vern often joked, “I turned four years of college into seven years!” He went on to earn a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver Law School. Vern’s professional achievements were significant. As co-founder of Western CPE, he built a successful company that became a cornerstone of continuing professional education for CPAs and financial professionals. His expertise in federal taxation was nationally recognized and he was admired for his dynamic presentations. In addition to his professional life, Vern was a man of many personal triumphs. His 45 years of sobriety were a testament to his strength and determination. His service in the U.S. Army was another point of pride, reflecting his dedication to his country. He also loved his home state of Montana. Vern’s love for his family was evident in everything he did. He especially loved grand gestures and adventure vacations, including a romantic two-week cruise with his wife to the Caribbean in April. He is survived by his devoted wife, Sharon Kreider, and her three children, Holly, Keith and Stephanie; grandchildren Amanda, Jason, Sarena and Carmen; and great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Jazlynne and Taylor. He is also survived by his children Corey and Jill, and their children Paisley, Liam, Broder, McKenzie and Westley, all of whom he cherished deeply. In the oral history recorded by his stepson Keith on the occasion of Vern’s 80th birthday in September 2023, Vern’s last thought was, “I will die happy.” We should all be so blessed. Services celebrating Vern’s life will be held on June 20 at 10 a.m. at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations. from the University of Montana Foundation and known for the “Vern Hoven, CPA Endowed Accounting Scholarship.” Checks should be sent to The UM Foundation, PO Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807-7159 or online at www.SupportUM.org and marked as a gift to the “Vern Hoven, CPA Endowed Accounting Scholarship.”

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