Frank Lee (Dick) Howe died on the evening of April 4, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City, from complications resulting from a fall, just nine days short of his 92nd birthday. There are no services planned at this time.
Frank was born the eldest of 6 children in Akron, Ohio to Robert Arthur Marshall Howe and Gladys Hensel Howe.
Frank was raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio where he met and married his first wife Emily Louise Hopkins. Together they had four children: Sherry, Richard, Larry and Marsha. When that marriage ended, Frank moved with his children to California, settling in the Santa Barbara area where other family members resided.
In 1970, Frank met the love of his life, Peggy Morril and together they made their home in a cabin that Frank built on property his dad had purchased just outside of Sumpter, Oregon. His family has many memories of fun family gatherings and BBQ’s on that property.
Frank held jobs as the water master of Sumpter, then water master of Unity until his retirement.
Frank loved the outdoors, especially warm places and the ocean which led to many trips to Hawaii, California, Arizona and Mexico, where he and Peggy purchased a home at which they spent many winters. He also enjoyed hang gliding in his younger years and he would take part in this activity as often as he was able.
Ultimately, Frank and Peggy made Baker City their final home, with yearly road trips and vacations to many state parks and beaches.
Frank was an avid bowler and well into his late 80’s he could still be found in a league at Baker Bowl. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, a good hot fire and relaxing in his hammock.
In 2016, Frank lost his wife Peggy, a loss from which he never recovered. His family tried to fill that void by spending extra time with him, having him over for BBQ’s, taking him out to his favorite restaurants, weekly card games of pinochle and cribbage, and taking turns bringing him Sunday dinners. His family finds comfort in knowing that he is now with his beloved wife again, which brings a smile to his family’s’ faces.
Frank was preceded in death by parents Marshall and Gladys, his wife Peggy, daughter Marsha, brother Norman Howe, and two grandsons Eric Howe and Ryan Hutchins Howe.
He is survived by his sisters Carolyn Castagnola and Jesse Holguin of Santa Barbara, Ca., his sister Nancy Howe Stephens of Springfield, Or, his brother Warren Howe (Janet) of Duluth, Mn, his three children Sherry (Michael) Jurd of McEwen, Or, Richard (Patty) Howe of Haines, and Larry Howe of Baker City, four grandchildren and several great grandchildren, along with numerous nephews, nieces and great nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions in memory of Frank can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital (a charity he and Peggy supported regularly) through Gray's West & Company at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.
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