Howard graduated from Eastern High School, class of 1951. He proudly served 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 and earned a graduate degree from Western Michigan University. He taught school in Lawrence, Michigan for 5 years, then returned to Lansing to teach social studies and coach at his alma mater, Lansing Eastern for 30 years, retiring in 1993. At various times he coached basketball, boys and girls golf, and served as Athletic Director. Howard was a lifelong, avid golfer. He was a long time, active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Howard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margery; three children, Becky (Phil) Riggs, Penny (Chuck) Gardner and Randy (Kellie) Cook; ten grandchildren, Nate (Loren) Gardner, Dan Cook, Adam Gardner, Meghan (Eric) Rose, Jennifer (Joe) Baker, Cody Riggs, Lee Gardner, Derek (Kara) Cook, Spence Riggs and Adam Cook; four step-grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, with The Very Rev. Ronald Byrd, Sr. officiating. The family will meet with friends at a luncheon following the service at the church.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of The Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan and the Sparrow Palliative Care Department for their compassionate care; and the Sparrow Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department where Howard was a regular attendee the past several years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Sparrow Hospice House of Mid-Michigan or the Capital Area Humane Society.