Earl Howard Sr. a longtime resident of the Valley, Wash., area, passed away on Oct. 22, 2013, in Spokane at the age of 73.
Earl was born on March 19, 1940 in Mouise, Ky., the son of Wilse and Syntha (Scotchfield) Howard. Earl lived with his family in Indiana where he attended school and completed the eighth grade. At the age of 16 he began a new journey in life when he decided to hitchhike to Washington and arrived and settled in the Spokane area.
He was employed at Zincraft Well Drilling in Spokane and in 1972 he started his own business â€” Howardâ€™s Well Drilling. In 1977 he moved from Spokane to Valley.
Earl was very honest in his business dealings and provided water for many people in his 25 years of drilling. Due to health issues, he retired at the age of 57. In 2006 he moved to Deer Park, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Earlâ€™s family was very dear to him. Throughout the years he took time enjoying the outdoors with them, taking them camping and fishing. Earl would never pass up an opportunity to go snowmobiling or dirt bike riding.
He was always the life of the party as he lit up the whole room with his big smile. He loved cooking, eating, canning, working in his garden, making home made sausage with his good friend Terry Burkhart and most of all spending time with his good friend Marylou Jones.
Thank you, Mary Lou, for taking such good care of Dad, you kept him going for all those years, youâ€™re awesome and we love you! Earl will be greatly missed by the family and friends for whom he cared deeply.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dexter Howard and James Howard and one sister, Dorothy Childers.
Earl is survived by his daughters, Shaun Mitchell and husband Leon of Colville and Carlee Howard of Spokane; a son, Earl Howard Jr. of Valley; a godson, David Hayward Jr. of Iowa; four grandchildren, Devin Mitchell, Karisa Mitchell, Earl Howard III, and Dominick Whitehill; a brother, William Howard â€śPigeonâ€ť of Indiana; a sister-in-law, Betty Howard; a brother-in-law, Paul Childers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Earl was held on Oct. 27, 2013, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067, E29 First St., Deer Park.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Visit Howardâ€™s online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.