In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George W. Howard and Vincent C. Howard; and a sister, Anna Marie Krayzel.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Hartz Howard; daughter, Donna Howard Coleman of Owensboro; son, Richard Alan Howard of Sandborn, Indiana; four grandchildren, Heath Coleman, Terany Gaddis, Aaron Howard, and Kirstin Howard; four great-granddaughters, Addie, Karalee, Hailee, and Kinley; his twin sisters, Alena Francis Gilbreath of Roswell, GA; and two brothers, Gerald P. Howard of Philpot and Anthony Gene Howard of Owensboro.
Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675-8541.