Jackie Dean Howard, 81, of Stover, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He was born on Aug. 31, 1931, in Perkins; a son of Charles O. Howard and Jessie F. Owdom.
On June 2, 1956 in Remsen, Iowa, he was married to Edna Mae Arens, who preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 2003.
He was of the Catholic faith, baptized in 1956 in Remsen, Iowa and confirmed in 1960 in El Paso, Texas. He served his country honorably in the US Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict as a Gunners Mate Second Class. He then transferred to the US Army for 22 years working in Explosive Ordinance Disposal and served in Vietnam. He retired from the military as Sgt. First Class and Master EOD Technician in 1978. After retirement he was an Ordinance Technician at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. He loved fishing, hunting and was a museum volunteer at El Paso Museum of Archeology.
He is survived by one son, David Howard, of Warsaw, Virginia.
Besides his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his five sisters; Maxine, Virginia, Ella, Dana and Bonnie, and four brothers; Ned, Bert, Billie and Charles.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Serving the family, Rea Funeral Chapel.