Brian V. Howe, Esq. died peacefully Friday, November 12, 2021. He was of Canton, MI, formerly of Grosse Pointe, MI.
Brian was born on Christmas Day, 1943 to Vernon and Evelyn Howe in Holt, Michigan. Not expected to live because of a collapsed lung, newborn Brian was whisked his father Vern to a larger hospital, where he thrived. By all accounts Brian lived a storybook childhood, much loved by his extended family. His shared that magic with all children—nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and others.
Brian attended Holt High School, excelling at football and basketball. Already a Spartan fan, he enrolled at Michigan State University where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. As a member of Lambda Chi, he put his enthusiasm and charm to good use and made lasting friendships. He also met his beloved wife, Susan, at MSU. They were married in 1967. Brian received his bachelor’s degree and went on to Wayne State University’s Law School. While in law school, Brian took a position with the National Bank of Detroit, which started his career in trust and estate planning and personal banking. He honed these skills and shaped the law through his 50-year career at Old Kent Bank, Manufacturer’s Bank, Comerica, and in private practice. He also served on and led the Michigan Probate Council. During his long career, he and Susan also raised three children.
Brian loved the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and boating throughout Michigan, especially the Leelanau Peninsula. He remained a Spartan fanatic and followed his team until the end.
Brian was the beloved husband of Susan Kay (Cooper), 1946-2014, devoted brother to Deborah Ide (Dan), loving father to Karen Howe Fernandez (John), Gavin Howe (Christy), and Katherine Howe-Moore (Mark), and cherished grandfather to Isabel, Ian, Caitlin, and Molly.
A memorial service for Brian will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Plymouth First United Methodist Church, 45201 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth, MI 48170.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Leelanau Conservancy, https://www.leelanauconservancy.org/donate/.
Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.