Robert H. Howe Sr.

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" H. Howe Sr., 74, died Aug. 18, 2004, at his home in Surprise, Ariz.

He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Wenatchee, Wash., to Herman and Margaret Howe. He attended Leavenworth High School. He married Barbara A. Richardson on Aug. 2, 1952, in Leavenworth, Wash. He began his military career in the Army in 1946, serving overseas in occupied Japan as well as serving in the Korean War. In 1952, he joined the Alaska Communication System. He was transferred from Seattle to Juneau in 1956, where he achieved the rank of master sergeant. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1962, and retired from military service in 1967. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon with Medal pendant, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and occupied Japan Medal. He worked for the City and Borough of Juneau in the tax assessors office from 1967 until his retirement as tax assessor in 1982.

He was past exalted ruler of the Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420 in 1972. In addition, he was a past grand district deputy in 1976 and past State Elks Associate President in 1980-81. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed hunting and college football, as well as playing cards and doing crossword puzzles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Jr.; and brother, John A. L. Howe.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Wayne (Jenny) Howe of Wasilla, and Bill (Diana) Howe of Fairbanks; daughter, Chris (Rich) Heitz of Wasilla; six grandchildren, Wendy, Angela, Cameron, Jason, Patrick and Brook; and one great-grandson, Jordan.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Palmer Elks Lodge. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9720 W. Peoria Avenue, Ste. 128, Peoria, AZ 85345-6133 or the American Cancer Society. Contact for the family is: Barbara Howe, 783 N. Yakima Street, Wasilla, AK 99654.

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