|Birth: ||May 9, 1936|
|Death: ||Apr. 21, 2011|
Thomas W. Howarth, 74, of Burley, passed away suddenly Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Cassia Regional Medical Center.
Tom was born May 9, 1936, in Atkinson, Neb., to Thomas Jefferson and Mabel Christina (Bayer) Howarth. He was the eldest son of four children. He spent his early childhood in Nebraska, moving to Idaho with his family at age 9. During his teenage years, he worked for his father and uncle at Dan's OK Tire Store. He attended school in Burley, graduating from Burley High School in 1954. Following high school, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country from 1954 to 1958 during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Japan, Hawaii and Stockton, Calif. While stationed in Stockton, he met the love of his life, Lucille Irwin. Tom and Lucille were married on June 13, 1958. They moved to Burley to make their home. To this marriage, two daughters, Patty and Michelle, were born.
Tom worked construction, worked for Boise Cascade for 12 years and, in 1967, built Tom's Sporting Goods — joining his father in business at Tom's Marina. When his father retired, he took over both businesses. Tom was the owner and operator of Tom's Marina and Sporting Goods, which his brother, Roger, later joined him in until his retirement in 1995. He was a remarkable businessman and very well respected in the community. His customers were his friends.
In his younger years, Tom enjoyed trapshooting — winning trophies throughout the West. He loved hunting, fishing, boating, camping, traveling and, in his later years, going to Magic Reservoir to spend time at his cabin. Tom was a lifetime member of the BPOE. Tom's family and his friends were the most important things in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille of 52 years; his daughters, Patty Andersen (Kevin Schneider) of Burley and Michelle (Rick) Andersen of Heyburn; three grandchildren, Shane (Astra) Hodge of Oak Harbor, Wash., Lacey (Chris) Belliston of Burley and Kelly (Felan) Hodge of Boise; one great-grandson, Konnor; and a great-granddaughter, Faith, who was born hours after Tom's passing. He is also survived by his siblings, Daniel (Brenda) Howarth of Odenton, Md., Roger (Janet) Howarth of Twin Falls and Marilyn Schneider of Burley. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, with the Rev. Father Marcos Sanchez officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery with military rites provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization and additional rites provided by the BPOE. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the doctors and staff of Cassia Regional Medical Center for their valiant efforts and care.
Thomas Jefferson Howarth (1912 - 1995)
Mabel Christina Bayer Howarth (1909 - 1984)
Pleasant View Cemetery
Created by: Annie
Record added: Apr 22, 2011
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