He was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Jan. 27, 1928, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict, participating in Operations Crossroad.
He was a supervisor and trainmaster for the lower lake docks, with Norfolk & Southern Railroad for 38 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a life member and past president of the Sandusky Eagles Aerie 444, life member and past commander of the American Legion Post 83 of Sandusky, life member of the Amvets Post 17 of Sandusky, and a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2529 Sandusky.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Gruver Howard, to whom he was married 25 years; children, Randall (Pat) Howard, of Sandusky, Stephen (Brenda) Hewitt of Ankeny, Iowa, Marlene (Michael) Failor, Mark (Kim) Howard, and Timothy (Brenda) Howard, all of Sandusky; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sally Fishman of Oklahoma and Velma Lord of Kansas; brother, Woodrow Howard of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude N. and Geneva G. Farley Howard; and a brother, Guy Howard.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Groff Funeral Home, 1607 East Perkins Ave., Sandusky. The Sandusky Eagles will hold memorial services at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Ohio Veterans Home, Giffin Chapel, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Deacon Milt Opper and Chaplain Paul Birmingham will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park in Huron. The American Legion will hold military services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, or to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made at www.grofffuneralhomes.com.