Roy Austin Howard
Date of birth: March 1 1932
Date of death: April 9 2019
March 1, 1932 - April 9, 2019
Roy Austin Howard, 87, of Sweet Home died April 9, 2019 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice Center in Albany.
He was born, a leap year baby, on Feb. 29, 1932 in Timber Lake, S.D. to Austin and Margaret Howard. He grew up with six siblings, tending to the ranch, helping the family in any way he could and riding any four-legged critter he could get his hands on.
Mr. Howard served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, earning a National Defense Service Medal. After his service he worked through the Operating Engineers, Local #701 for many years. He worked on many dams including Foster and Green Peter. He also worked on many road projects throughout the Northwest. Mr. Howard volunteered time at Mollie's Bakery, The Sweet Home Inn and was employed for several years with Rainier Wood Products in Sweet Home. He was a resident of Sweet Home for over 50 years.
On Nov. 7,1972, he married Donna and they spent 46 loving years of memories together. Mr. Howard was a long-time member of St. Helens Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus organization. He loved and enjoyed his extended church family and had many fond memories over the years. He helped complete many projects with the church.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandkids, and was always there for them. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and working in his shop to make things for all the grandkids or any child he met. He loved to ride his lawnmower over any grass in the neighborhood that needed it, including his own. Mr. Howard was a generous, kind-hearted person who always had a big hug or a fierce handshake for anyone that would take one. He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife Donna; six children, three from his first marriage- Steven C. Howard, Sandra J. and son-in-law Anthony Davis, Barbara J. and son-in-law Tom Hanten, and three from his marriage to Donna, Ron Rappin, Theresa and son-in-law Mike Pitts and Tina and son-in-law Scott Hill; twelve grandchildren; and 21½ great-grandchildren; a sister; a brother; many nieces and nephews; his adopted families; and Miss Kitty. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and a brother.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Helen’s Catholic Church in Sweet Home on April 13, Rosary will begin at 10:30 am and Mass at 11. Food will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Howard requested donations to Knights of Columbus 815 Fifth Ave., Sweet Home OR 97386 or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice Center 4600 Evergreen Place SE Albany, OR 97322.
10 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Rhea Crismore Pancakes will forever be special. Love you Uncle Roy
Candle lit by Trista Senger You are one of the most wonderful men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, I am one lucky girl. I love you so much and hope I live my life as well as you did yours. Thanks for watching my cat. Love Trista.
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Sandi Davis Love you Dad.
Candle lit by Aranda Kids You are the best Grandpa anyone could hope for.
Candle lit by Glen & Sharon Inselman We love you and will miss you. Keep the cards shuffled as we will see you again!
Candle lit by Doug Pelton It was my pleasure knowing you Roy. What a loss to lose you Roy at such a young age of 25.75 years. Rest in peace, you have earned it.
Candle lit by Tom &Judith Thus being the third time to write this, You don't know how much you will be missed ,nor that the lives you touched. Now your game of 7's will have to be with your love one's there in heaven .You have enriched so many lives. There are only a few that can compare to your standards. we do miss you already. Love Tom & Judith
Candle lit by Tom &Judith May the road rise to meet you . May the wind be always at you back . May the sun shine warm upon your face. And the rains soft upon your fields .And till we Meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. your are surly missed love you Bud. Tom& Judith .
Candle lit by Donna Howard My Sweetheart, This candle represents all the 46 years that you lit up MY life. I remember the day I called you from work when I heard the song over the radio: "You Light Up My Life" I will always love and cherish the memories we shared together. My Love Forever and Always, Donna