Lt Robert R Hovater

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Dec 14, 2015
The North Coast
A friend of mine asked me to see what I could find out about a man named Robert R Hovater, who served in the Marines, and on a Police force in the Cincinnati area.

There is an award for Valor named after him - and aside from mentions of that all I have found so far in an obituary published in a local paper a couple days after he passed. Here is the text (with a couple corrections I made since the source appeared to be an OCR from a scan of an archived paper copy).

June 17, 1978

Col. Hovater, County Patrol Commander Col. Robert R. Hovater, 51, commander of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol Division, died Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Mariemont, following a short mass. Col. Hovater commanded the Ohio State Patrol's Clermont County Post, Batavla, from 1972 until his retirement in February. Following a short stint as chief security officer at the Zimmer Nuclear Power Plant in Moscow, Ohio, Hovater was named Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol head by Sheriff Lincoln Stokes in April. The colonel, who resided at 6996 Rowan Hills Dr., Mariemont, was among the most respected lawmen hi Southwestern Ohio. A VETERAN of 28 years in law enforcement, Col. Hovater said in an interview just following his appointment in April "his professional goals as a police administrator were to serve the public, to keep the streets safe, to upgrade the (Hamilton County Sheriff's) patrol division." "I don't know what I'm going to do without Bob Hovater," said Sheriff Stokes Sunday night. Mr. Hovater was a Marine veteran and attended Kent State University. He joined the Ohio State Patrol in 1950 and worked his way up to the office of post commander. Mr. Hovater was active in the Hamilton County Police Association for more than a decade and was a staunch advocate of co-operation between independent police agencies in criminal investigations. COL. HOVATER, a member of the Mt. Washington Baptist Church, is survived by his wife, Gloria; two daughters, Kari and Holly, both at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Hovater, Akron; a brother, Tom, Cambridge. Memorial services will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Washington Baptist Church. There will be no visitation. T. P. White & Sons Funeral Home, 2050 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, is in charge. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mt Washington Baptist Church.

My friend is looking for someone who might have known and or worked with him and who might agree to be filmed for a documentary. I might be able to provide more info but have to leave it at that for the moment as I am not sure how much needs to remain confidential at the moment.