In Memoriam : Reuben Howard
Reuben H. Howard - age: 76
(April 09, 1937 to December 03, 2013
Visiting hours and viewing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). A service will be held on Sunday at 1 PM at the Buxton United Methodist Church, Chicopee Rd., in Buxton. A private graveside service will be held at the Southern Maine Veteranís Cemetery, Stanley Road in Sanford (Springvale). Pastor Lynn Briggs will officiate.
HOLLIS- BMC Reuben Herbert Howard (Retired), age 76, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2013 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his family at his side after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer.
He was born in Oakfield, NY on April 9, 1937, a son of the late Reuben and Edith (Lauvey) Howard.
Reuben proudly served the United States for twenty years by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Coast Guard. While in the USAF, Reuben was stationed in Korea and Guam.
During his Coast Guard enlistment, he was stationed in multiple locations in NY, including Oswego, USCG Station Galloo Island, Lake Ontario and Cape Vincent where he was also Officer in Charge of the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. He was later stationed on the Cutter Cook Inlet in Portland, ME, the Cutter Evergreen out of Boston, MA, and then in 1974 retired from duty in South Portland, ME.
Reuben went on to work for 24 years at Saint Joseph College in Standish as the Facilities Director.
He volunteered time to town civic organizations including, BSA Cub Scout Master and coaching his sonís baseball team.
Reuben and his wife were members of Vacationland Dog Club since 1972, serving in different capacities and traveled all over the U.S. and Canada exhibiting their dogs. He belonged to the North Coast NY Coast Guard Assoc. and was a member of the Hutchinson-Boulter Post of the American Legion and the Maine Antique Tractor Club.
He enjoyed woodworking, being home and working on house projects, operating his Ham Radio, antique tractors and spending time with his family.
Reuben was predeceased by his siblings- Charles, Lorraine, Evelyn and Dorothy.
He is survived by his beloved wife Marlene (Seyfarth) Howard; daughters- Heidi Jacques and her husband Thomas of Windham, ME,
Heather Welch of Manchester, NH; son- Kurt Howard and his wife Michele of South Portland, ME; sisters- Mary Carr and Shirley Howard; grandchildren- Joseph, Andrea, Moira, Patrick and Claire.
Visiting hours and viewing will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). A service will be held on Sunday at 1 PM at the Buxton United Methodist Church, Chicopee Rd., in Buxton. A private graveside service will be held at the Southern Maine Veteranís Cemetery, Stanley Road in Sanford (Springvale). Pastor Lynn Briggs will officiate. www.DCPate.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Reubenís memory to Buxton United Methodist Church, 276 Chicopee Road, Buxton, Maine 04093.
Nancy Forsyth - December 4, 2013 Contact this person
Aunt Marlene, Kurt, Heidi, Heather, Michelle, Tom and grandchildren. I just want you to know how much I would like to hug you all and be there with you through this time. Uncle Howie was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I will be praying for you in the coming days and weeks. Just as it seems the pain of losing him is too much to bear take a moment to remember a happy time you had with him and how much he loved you all. He is no longer in pain and is with his Heavenly Father. God Bless you all. Love you all.
Craig Phelps - December 5, 2013 Contact this person
To the Aunt Marlene, Heidi & Tom, Heather, Kurt & Michelle and grandchildren
I am really sorry about your loss and wish more than anything that I could be there in your time of pain. I know your feelings. I will always remember Uncle Howie, because for most of my years as a child he was the only Uncle I had on either side of the family. Still to this day, I remember the summers in Cape Vincent, the lighthouse, cruises on the coast guard boasts, clearing the rocks out for the beach and then using them to build the outdoor grill and the corn eating contest. Last but not least, chasing the bats out of the attic. All were done with him and Aunt Marlene. Loved him very much and God bless you all.
Jane Bartram - December 10, 2013 Contact this person
Sending sincere condolences to you and your family, Heidi. I know how painful it is to lose a wonderful Dad. Take care, rest and reflect on wonderful memories.