|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1945|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2003|
BELOVED HUSBAND, PAPA AND FATHER ---
Howard's 10 year old granddaughter Melissa wrote this when her grandpa died. "Grandpa was a very specall man. He had that smile and heart that just brought love and joy to the people around him. So here is a story about the beauty of his death. My grandpa died at 4:45 on tuesday the 25th of March. I cried so hard when he finally did pass away it hurt like you couldn't beleive. We were all gathered around his bed, and I cried like the world was coming to an end. I sat by his bed and I told him that I loved him and that he was going to a better place. After that long and sad hour my grandma's very kind church ladies brought us a nice dinner for 18 people! We had the funeral that Friday. It was a very hard day. All those special faces my grandpa lit up for years were now in sobs. At the graveside we let doves go, even though I was still crying it was still pretty cool. I miss him so much but I know that he is in a happier and better place."
Howard touched many lives through his work and volunteering. He died of cancer at the young age of 57.
Howard Allan Page was born in Ellensburg, January 2, 1945, the second son of Edwin and Lois Page. He attended 1st through 5th grades at Lincoln School. The year he completed 5th grade, the high school was moved to its present location on East Third and the 5th and 6th grades from Lincoln and Washington Schools moved to the old high school building, named Cascade School. He attended 6th grade at Cascade, junior high years at Morgan and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1963.
Howard and Mary Ross were married at the First Christian Church in Ellensburg on November 27, 1964. In 1965 they moved to Roseburg, Oregon and Howard went to work at Roseburg Lumber. In 1966 they returned home to Ellensburg, when Howard got a job as a carpenter apprentice. After his apprenticeship he continued to work as a carpenter until 1985 when he went to work at Central Washington University as a maintenance mechanic. Howard has been a volunteer fireman and served as a volunteer in the Livestock Department at the Kittitas County Fair and a member of the Kittitas County Fair Board.
Howard and Mary lived on their farm on Hanson Road. He died at home in Ellensburg. Funeral services were held at the Old German Baptist Church, where they attended. Per his prior arrangement, his body was transported to the cemetery on a firetruck. 68 cars of mourners followed the firetruck as it detoured through Ellensburg - passing the college where he worked and the firestation where he volunteered. At his graveside service, six white doves were released.
Howard's epitaph says it all: "It matters not how long you live, but how."
Edwin Frank Page (1914 - 1988)
Beloved Husband, Father and Papa. It Matters Not How Long You Live, But How.
High Valley Cemetery
Created by: Margie & Bob
Record added: Dec 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32150031