Willard F. Howell, 93 of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Wooded Glen Senior Living.
Willard was born December 20, 1926 in Sidney, Ohio the son of the late Walter F. and Florence (Middleton) Howell. He was a 1944 graduate of Green Township High School, Sidney, Ohio. He married Edith May Yohey on August 17, 1947. Willard worked in agriculture, a dairy farmer for many years as well as a manager for Sohigro and Terra in St. Paris until 1991. Willard then worked for Ken Nuzum Realty and retired in 2010.
Willard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana. He loved landscaping and the care of flowers and his yard. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, loved sports as well as singing in the Barbershop Quartet. But mostly, Willard loved his family and enjoyed so much, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Willard is survived by his wife, Edith May (Yohey) Howell; his children, Terry Craig (Jacqueline Rae) Howell, Nancy Ann (Terry) Neer, Timothy John (Vickie) Howell and Linda May (Charles) Baker; his grandchildren, Andrew (Cicily) Howell, Angela Cox, Lyndsey Henry, Lesley (Kyle) Ott, Geoff (Mary) Baker, Emily (Brent) Dykstra and Hilary (Cruz) Cooper; his great grandchildren, Conner and Catherine Cox, Isiah, J.J. and Kynze Henry, Brayden and Rylan Cooper, Peri Mae and Anderson Howell, Ainsley and Ava Ott and Onica and Cohen Dykstra; his sisters, Marvelene Mitchell and June (Ronnie) Laughlin as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Willard is preceded in death by his parents; his grandsons, Jared and Wesley Howell; his sisters, Dorothy (John) Moore, Mary Evelyn (Robert) Hageman and Charlene Fogt.
Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19, we will be following the guidelines set by Governor DeWine's office. The use of face masks is required.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10-12 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Private funeral services for family will follow in the funeral home with Pastor Jim Lillibridge officiating. Serving as pallbearers; Terry Howell, Andrew Howell, Terry Neer, Conner Cox, Tim Howell, Geoff Baker, Charlie Baker and J.J. Henry and honorary pallbearer, Anderson Howell. In addition, Live Stream will be available on the Vernon Funeral Home Facebook page starting at 11:45 am.
Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 116 West Court Street, Urbana, Ohio or American Cancer Society, Southwest Region Office, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Chuck & Beth Siegenthaler - Aug 1, 2020
Terry our deepest sympathy for your loss of your father
John and Linda Wright and crew at W Productions - Jul 31, 2020
Dear Terry, Tim and Family, We want to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of your father, Willard. May beautiful memories, the love of family and friend get you through this difficult time. Prayers and Blessing to you all. Sincerely, John and Linda Wright
Greg and Helen Ward - Jul 31, 2020
Marvelene and June, you have our sincere sympathy in the loss of your brother. Sending you each a special hug today and thinking of all of his family. Helen and Greg Ward
Tim and Joyce Woodruff - Jul 31, 2020
We are sorry for your lost. We first met Willard back in the NFO days. Always appreciated his warm greetings when meeting. Sincerely, Tim and Joyce.
Wade & diana wilhelm - Jul 30, 2020
our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss. Memories are so important!
Brad and Karen <Moffitt - Jul 30, 2020
Brenda and Wayne Morris - Jul 30, 2020
Our sympathy to the family in your loss of Willard.
Roger and Ann Verdier Stevenson - Jul 30, 2020
Roger and I send you all our deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of all of the card club gang. Prayers and hugs to you all.
Sheila Wynia (Mattox) - Jul 30, 2020
Terry I am so sorry for your loss Prayers for you an your family
Larry J Baker - Jul 30, 2020
Howell Family: What a great life led by Willard! So many memories of softball games, pinnacle club card games; visits to each others farms, on and on... Our sincerest condolences to your entire family. Larry, Jane, and Ruth Ellen Baker.
Patrick & Cynthia Maurice - Jul 30, 2020
Tim & Vickie and family, so very sorry for your incredible loss. What a wonderfully blessed life & hope that those precious memories bring you peace & comfort. Our love and prayers are with you!
Barbara Gingrey - Jul 29, 2020
So very sorry to hear about Willard's passing. He was a very nice man and will be missed. May God give his family peace and comfort 🙏.
Gayle Terry Oboy - Jul 29, 2020
You sorry for your loss of such a great man. I always enjoyed being around him I know he will be missed. Love and prayers
Wesley Burdge - Jul 29, 2020
To Aunt May Terry Tim Nancy and Linda and all of their immediate families so sorry to hear about uncle Willard. So sorry we weren’t closer We’re visiting more often have a lot of good memories with your family and uncle Willard love and best wishes Wes and Pat Burdge
Kim Laughlin - Jul 29, 2020
Deepest sympathy and love to all who have broken hearts. Love sent from the Laughlins God Bless.