Interment will take place at a later date
A military flag presentation was conducted by American Legion Dean-Underwood Post No. 10 of Peterson..
Howard passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at home in Peterson.
Casket bearers included: Brittney Bodenhamer, Linnea Trople, Lisa Androski, Renee Boyd, Michelle Bodenhamer, Shannon Collette, Brian Collette and Kristin Mulder.
Memorials may be designated to Hospice of Northwest Iowa or the United Methodist Church of Peterson.
Howard, the son of Dell and Mabel (Fields) Tibbetts, was born July 8, 1926, in Peterson. He grew up around the Peterson area and graduated from Peterson High School in 1943. Howard worked for John Deere Implement in Peterson for three years while in school and after graduation. He entered the Navy in 1944 and served on the U.S.S. Baldwin in the Atlantic, Pacific and China Theater during WWII until his honorable discharge in 1946. Howard received a life saving award at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 21, 1974, after performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Dale Heyer, whose life was in jeopardy after being struck by lightening.
Howard was united in marriage to Gladys Birchard-Bodenhamer on Jan. 5, 1980, in Peterson. They lived in the Peterson area, where he continued to farm in the summer and went south to Mission, Texas in the winter months for 15 years. He retired from farming in 1990. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and also a member of the American Legion in Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Roger in infancy and Delbert; a sister, Frances; and a brother-in-law, Bud Medsker.
Howard is survived by his wife, Gladys (Birdie) Tibbetts of Peterson; three step children: Karen and Bill Collette of Jefferson, S.D., Douglas and Sue Bodenhamer of Peterson, and Greg and Cheryl Bodenhamer of Rapid City, S.D.; eighr step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Melba Medsker of Peterson and Sheryl Carlson and her husband, Larry of Aurelia; a brother, Donald Tibbetts and his wife, Shayla of Peterson; a brother-in-law, Bill Melton; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Tibbetts.
Warner Funeral Home in Peterson was in charge of arrangements.