Robert Lee Howe: March 19, 1947 to December 3, 2017

Robert Lee Howe

March 19, 1947 to December 3, 2017

Robert Lee Howe, 70, of Novinger, Missouri passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Schuyler County Nursing Home in Queen City, Missouri, after a short illness.

Robert was born in Mexico, Missouri, to Lee and Irene (Fryrear) Howe. He was a graduate of Iola High School, Iola, Kansas, class of 1965. He enlisted in the Navy in 1965, during the Vietnam war, and was assigned to the USS Tulare AKA11Z, as a Fireman. Robert was honored with the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars.

On May 28, 1971, he married Becky Jo Martin in Downing, Missouri, and to this union two sons were born, Daniel Robert and Joseph Robert.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Becky Howe of Novinger, Missouri; two sons, Daniel Robert and wife, Julie, of Novinger, Missouri, and Joseph Robert and wife, Holly, of Ely, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Daniel Stephen Howe of Greentop, Missouri, Dylan Howe of Ottumwa, Iowa, Dalton, Sheridan, and Dawson Howe of Novinger, Missouri, Logan Burg and Lucee Jo Howe of Ely, Iowa; one sister, Linda Brinkman (Richard) of Eudora, Kansas; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, including Kirk Brinkman of Eudora, Kansas and niece, Stacy McKeown of the state of New York; three sisters-in-law, Dorene Russell (Jerry) of Queen City, Missouri, Donna Small of Queen City, Missouri, and Shirley McAuley of Greentop, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Stanley Martin (Marcia) of Lancaster, Missouri; and other family members.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Ted and Florene Martin; grandparents, John and Edith Fryrear, Mary Fryrear, and Ed and Clara Howe; and one nephew, Gabriel Small.

Robert operated a Truck Stop in Chanute, Kansas, before moving to Missouri to be closer to his grandfather, John. He operated the Phillip’s 66 station in Lancaster, Missouri, and sold insurance before moving to Kirksville, Missouri, in 1973. While living in Kirksville, Missouri, he was a repairman at Singers, Shoe Factory Maintenance, KOH Maintenance, and Maintenance Supervisor at Twin Pines, until his retirement.

Robert was involved with Boy Scout Troop 22 in Kirksville, Missouri, for several years where he saw both sons earn their Eagle Scout Honor. Robert helped start a Boy Scout Troop in Novinger, and helped with it for several years.

Robert enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed many float trips down the Current River with the Boy Scouts and his family.

Per Robert’s request, his body was cremated and no funeral services. The family will hold a private remembrance and burial later.