|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2010|
George William ‘Bill' Howard, 87, formerly of Sandycreek Township, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Sugar Creek Station following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 12, 1923, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late John D. and Helen Barrett Howard.
He was married to the love of his life, the former Ruth Louise Gealy.
Mr. Howard was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Allied Forces in Normandy, France. While serving in the military, he was one of the first technicians to work on a new device, which later came to be known as "radar."
Following the war, he, his wife, and his first son moved from the Baltimore area to their home off Pittsburgh Road.
Bill Howard, as everyone knew him, was employed as a TV serviceman for the former Oliver Brothers Appliance Store in Oil City for more than 30 years.
Bill was a devout Christian and a founding member of Mount Carmel Church in Sandycreek Township. He served as a long-time church leader, assuming many roles over the years.
Bill was a loving husband and adored father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was dedicated to his family, his community and his faith.
He enjoyed gardening and handyman activities.
He is survived by his three sons, H. Edward Howard and his wife, Maureen, of Chugiak, Alaska, Thomas A. Howard Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy D. Howard and his wife, Estrellita, of Cary, N.C.
He also is survived by his nine loving grandchildren, James T. Howard of Chugiak, Alaska, Katherine D. Howard of Anchorage, Alaska, Michael Howard of San Antonio, Texas, Timothy Howard Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, of Chicago, Todd Howard of Polk, and J.J. Howard, Jordan Howard, Luke Howard and Juan Jose Howard, all of Cary, N.C.; and his great-grandchild, Tyler Howard of Polk.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Bill is survived by two brothers, John D. Howard Jr. and his wife, Rose, of Japatown, Md., and Ken Howard and his wife, Jeannie, of Emmittsburg, Md; and four sisters, Anna Ervin of Miami, Fla., Doris Frye of Baltimore, Shirley Summers and her husband, Art, of Baltimore, and Joan Summers and her husband, David, of Raleigh, N.C.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 53 years; his grandson, Robert William Howard; and his brother, Edward D. Howard.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardinier Funeral Home Inc., 1315 Chestnut St., Franklin.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Walter "Bud" Anthony of Mount Carmel Church of Sandycreek Township presiding.
Interment will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mount Carmel Church, 1759 Pittsburgh Road, Polk, 16342.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. gardinierfuneralhome.com
The Derrick, March 23, 2010
Created by: Bonnie
Record added: Mar 23, 2010
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Sweet peace, dear gentle man.|
Added: Mar. 23, 2010