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James Alfred Howieson
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1929
Lancaster
Kittson County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 2009
New Mexico, USA

James Alfred Howieson, 80, passed from the arms of his family into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.
Jim will forever be loved and highly regarded by those he has left to honor his life.
James A. was born the oldest of 14 closely bonded children of John Henry and Helen Lucille (Leggett) Howieson on Aug. 1, 1929, in Lancaster, Kittson County, Minn.
James graduated from Pemberton High School in 1947.
James moved to Farmington in 1953, where he met the love of his life, Marcella Mae. They married Dec. 11, 1954. Jim and Marcella had four children: Charlotte Ann, Richard Allen, Sandra Kay and Janice Marie.
Jim was a faithful man of great courage who never complained. He served his country during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the Company D 279 45th Division, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Those who had the honor of working with Jim will remember him as a man of high integrity, amazing strength, superior memory, and dedicated work ethic.
Jim grew up a farmer. His brother, Bill, brought Jim to Farmington. After Bill was tragically killed in a rig fire, Jim thought he would return to farming, but God had a different path designed. Jim officially began his career in the oil and gas industry in May 1954. In 1958, Jim was burned over 90 percent of his body in a rig fire.
During his career, Jim mentored several "kids" and moved from Farmington to Elk City, Okla., Amarillo and Midland in Texas, and back to Farmington.
Although the company name changed over the years, El Paso Drilling Company, El Paso Exploration, Meridian Oil and Burlington Resources, Jim never changed and he retired from his successful career after 40 years of service in 1994 as Area Drilling Superintendent.
Jim was a strong person, not only in mind but also in spirit. He nurtured a legacy of warmth and caring and a willingness to get involved. Jim and Marcella guided each of their children to a strong Christian faith. James was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington. He served as Deacon and Elder for many years. Jim taught Sunday school, chaired the stewardship committee, ushered and even sang in the choir at one time. Jim often could be found taking care of the church property. Jim and Marcella made the communion bread for both First Presbyterian Church of Farmington and of Elk City.
Jim never gave up on anything or anyone. He was a positive influence, trusted counselor, and inspiration in the lives of all who knew him. In his retirement, Jim enjoyed golfing with friends, church service, walking, yard work, family time, traveling and grilling steaks that melted in your mouth.
Probably Jim's favorite trip was to Scotland where he got to trace the steps of his ancestors.
James A. is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Mark Bradshaw of Farmington and Sandra and Charles Werner of Elk City; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kathy Nelson of Farmington; his grandchildren, Michael and Teri Bradshaw of Houston, Texas, Matthew and Charity Bradshaw of Albuquerque, and Alex and Kelci Werner of Elk City; his great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Avery and Gavin Bradshaw; four sisters, Ruth (Richard) Murray of Claremont, Minn., Shirley (Eugene) Nelsen of St. Peter, Minn., Karen (Don) Owen of Urbandale, Iowa, Judith (Harlan) Remington of Janesville; five brothers, David (Barb) of Owatonna, Minn., Charles (Marilyn) of Johnson, Iowa, Paul of Owatonna, Ronald of Livingston, Mont., Larry (Christie) of Crystal, Minn.; one brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Immediate family receiving him in heaven are his wife; parents; daughter, Janice Marie; three brothers, William, Andrew and John; and one sister, Grace Boeke.
Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of James' life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave., in Farmington.
Inurnment will follow in the columbarium at First Presbyterian Church.
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant ... Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord," Matthew 25:21.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Jim's memory to First Presbyterian Church Columbarium Fund, 865 N. Dustin Ave., Farmington, NM 87401.
Jim's services are entrusted to Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St., in Farmington; (505) 325-8688.
Published in the Farmington Daily Times on 11/6/2009
 
 
Burial:
First Presbyterian Church Columbarium
Farmington
San Juan County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: Randy Shepherd
Record added: Nov 06, 2009
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James Alfred Howieson
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