William "Bill" Howard

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
William "Bill" Howard

Funeral services William "Bill" Howard, 89, in Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville. Rev. Mark Gabbard will officiate the service.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Interment will take place at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion 91 of Estherville.

Mr. Howard passed away on Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

William Herbert Howard the son of Herbert and Alice (Folken) Howard was born Aug. 6, 1919 in near Madison, S.D.

Bill received his education in country schools. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific with the 3rd and 6th Marine Divisions.

On March 3, 1945 Bill was united in marriage to Lillian Weir in Beaufort, S.C. In 1946 the couple came back to Emmet County and began farming in Swan Lake Township where they raised their family. In 1975, the couple moved into Estherville and Bill continued farming until 2004. For over 20 years they spent winter months at Mesa, Ariz.

Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gruver where he served on various boards. He also was a life member of the VFW Post 3388 and American Legion 91 in Estherville. Bill was a member of the Emmet County Cattleman, served on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors for several years and was a Swan Lake Township Trustee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: El Vera and Alice; two brothers: Emerson and Glenn; and two infant great grandsons: Jacob and Zachary Egeland.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lillian of Estherville; six children: Mary Fox and husband, Michael of Woodward, Okla., Jeanne Egeland and husband, David, Lois Jensen and husband, Walter of Estherville, Glenn Howard and wife, Bonnie of Dolliver, Diana Clabaugh and husband, Skip, and John Howard of Estherville; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Harold and Donald Howard of Estherville.