Robert (Bob) Howard died Sunday (Sept. 18, 2011).
He was of The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw). Bob was born Aug. 29, 1923, came of age during the Depression, served in the European Theater in World War II (Army) and came home to build a new America. He used the G.I. Bill and became a proud graduate (twice) of The Ohio State University. Bob loved God, family, country and community. Bob and Gwen raised their four boys in the town of Ashley where he was a longtime town councilman, longtime church board member and long-time Lions Club member. He was a very successful and respected teacher and coach. He was very proud of his championship football teams at three different Ohio high schools in the 1950s and 1960s. He loved being called “Coach” almost as much as “Dad” and “Grandpa.” Bob retired in 1977 and considered himself the most fortunate of individuals to have lived another 34 years in pleasant retirement fishing, golfing, but most of all, proudly watching his family grow and thrive. R.I.P.
Bob’s precious wife, Gwendolyn Paschall Howard, preceded him in death in 1999 after 51 years of marriage. Beloved brother, Ralph A. Howard, Jr., passed away in 2009.
Their four children, all sons with spouses are Bob and Noelle of Olympia, Wash., Jeff and Esther of Villa Hills, Ky., Greg and Lynn of Knoxville, Tenn., and Dave and Jeri of Wenatchee, Wash. There are many surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by four sisters, Florence Paul, Ruth Parrott and Louise Belt, all of Central Ohio, and Janet Fulton of Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services will be at Betts Funeral Services (Washington) Friday, Sept. 30.