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Donald Howard

June 17, 2014
Estherville News

ESTHERVILLE?- Funeral services for Donald Howard, 90, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 18, at First Christian Church in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton and Mike Drew officiating. Interment will be held at East Side Memorial Cemetery. He died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

Donald Harvey Howard, the son of Herbert L. Howard and Alice L. (Folken) Howard, was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Trent, S.D. Donald moved to Iowa in 1928. He attended school in Dolliver. On Sept. 7, 1947, Donald was united in marriage to Eunice LaVonne May Gray in Estherville. The couple farmed near Estherville until their retirement in 1984. They were members of the Gruver Presbyterian Church for 52 years, then First Christian Church in Estherville. In his youth, Donald played trombone in the school band. He enjoyed roller skating, baseball, bowling, ice skating, hunting, being a part of threshing crews, couples 500 card club, and attending his family's sporting, musical, and art events. He especially loved raising beef and farming. He enjoyed keeping a clean farm. He was a charter member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association as well as a member of Emmet County Farm Bureau, Quad County Farm Service Board of Directors, Emmet County Beef Producers, Elks, and Gruver Presbyterian Church Elder and Board member. Donald and his family were awarded the Emmet County Safe Farm Family Award in 1963. He will always be remembered for his humor and wit and his hardworking spirit, as well as being an avid reader.

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Left to cherish his memory are his five children and their spouses: Larry (Margaret) Howard, Linda (Gary) Prince, Barbara (Larry) Rupert, Kathryn (Tony) Rogers, Richard (Karen) Howard; 14 grandchildren: Laura (David) DeVary, Nicole Howard, Kristine (Trevor) Eisenmenger, Stephanie (Carl) Napp, Jacquelyn (Adam) Arends, Stephen (Emily) Moore, Kevin (Traci) Moore, Carmen Moore, Toni Marie Rogers, Sandra Rogers, Stephanie (Darren) Todd, Krystal (Brandon) Armstrong, Sheri (Greg) Andrews, Nathan Howard; and 12 great grandchildren: Ali DeVary, Kyle DeVary, Joslyn Moore, Jadynn Moore, Jordyn Moore, Shayleigh Todd, Seth Todd, Justine Eisenmenger, Tucker Eisenmenger, Josephine Eisenmenger, Brody Armstrong, and Tatum Moore.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife in 2008, his granddaughter Jennifer Howard in 2010, and his father and mother as well as four brothers and two sisters.

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