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John K Howell

February 25, 1921 February 24, 2018
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John K. Howell
Chandler, IN. – John K. Howell, 96, just one day shy of his 97th birthday, John Kenneth Howell passed away peacefully, with his loving family by his side at 10:43 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
John is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dora G. Howell, Chandler. John was born in Cooke County, Illinois to Marie A. (Beck) and William Howell. John was the oldest of six children and grew up with the nickname “Buster” which he carried with him his whole life. Siblings include Billy, Barbara, Jim, Emma Jo & Richard, all deceased. He was preceded in death by his devoted son Kenneth Wayne (Shelley), and a beloved granddaughter, Erica Willis. He leaves a legacy of three daughters of whom he was most proud, Judith Ann (Glenn) Heseman, Chandler, Kathy Marie (Robert) Mandell, Palmetto, FL and Linda Rae (Tony) Sandage, Boonville. He always had a kind word to share, a laugh and a knee to offer to his 10 loving grandchildren, (Erica Willis, Brooke & Matt Heseman, Melisa Woolems, Tonya Menke, Sabrina Kirk, Chad & Ashley Mandell, Sam & Bryan Sandage) and 9 great-grandchildren, (Walter Willis, Ben Dillon, Kiersten & Kindel Menke, Steven & Josie Woolems, Miranda Dempsey, Lily & Katelynn Sandage).
John was a member of Cypress Baptist Church for over 50 years. He loved his church family and attending services, driving himself and Dora until October of last year. John attended catholic school early on and later Fulton School in Evansville. He enlisted in the Marine Corp, trained at Parris Island, SC and fought in WWII in the south Pacific. As a PVT 1st class, he was stationed with the 4th Marines in the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands from January 13-July 16, 1944. During that time he went missing for 23 days of which he never spoke. Following the war he returned to Evansville where he fought in the Golden Gloves. He used this to win over Dora, the love of his life. They married on July 19, 1945 in Evansville. He worked at International Harvester, was a switchman on the railroad and drove a taxi until he retired. In his retirement he cleaned the Chandler firehouse for many years. He was a member of the Boonville VFW where he held officer positions, including District 8 Surgeon from 1980-1981. John prided himself on his impressive garden every summer. He was always quick to offer a bag of tomatoes to anyone who came by. John was an avid fan of Hoosier basketball and football. He also enjoyed dancing, playing clabber, and horse racing.
Services will be 11 A.M. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Cypress Baptist Church in Boonville, Indiana with Pastor Glenn Flowers officiating. Warrick County Veterans Memorial Services will conduct military honors.
Visitation will be held from 4 P.M. until 7 P.M. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Koehler Funeral Home, Perigo Chapel in Chandler, Indiana and from 10 A.M. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the church.
A private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cypress Baptist Church, 5166 Highway 62 West, Boonville, Indiana 47601, or the Warrick Co. Humane Society.


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Visitation

Tuesday

27

Feb

4:00 PM 2/27/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/27/2018 7:00:00 PM
Koehler Funeral Home - Perigo Chapel

7022 Heim Road Chandler, Indiana 47610
Chandler, Indiana 47710

Koehler Funeral Home - Perigo Chapel
7022 Heim Road Chandler, Indiana 47610 Chandler 47710 Indiana
United States

Service

Wednesday

28

Feb

11:00 AM 2/28/2018 11:00:00 AM
Cypress Baptist Church, Radio Ministry

5166 Highway 62 West
Boonville, Indiana 47601

Cypress Baptist Church, Radio Ministry
5166 Highway 62 West Boonville 47601 Indiana
United States
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