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Gary R. Howard

Gary R. Howard, age 81 of Linn, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at his residence.

Gary was born December 24, 1935, in Sullivan, a son to the late Virgil Howard and Irene (Moss) Howard Hyland.

Gary was a 1953 graduate of Sullivan High School.

Gary served in the United States Navy from February 16, 1953 until December 13, 1956.

On May 23, 1955, he was united in marriage to Betty Gilliam in Norfolk, Virginia. She preceded him in death on October 16, 2000.

Gary was employed by the State of Missouri Highway Department from 1957 until 1963 and then the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1967 until his retirement on January 1, 1996.

Gary was the first President of the Missouri Conservation Agents. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Linn Jaycees, the Linn Masonic Lodge #326 and the Paul E. Hasenbeck American Legion Post #317 in Freeburg.

Gary loved spending his time outdoors and being around people.

Gary is survived by: his loving companion, Mitzi Fowler of Linn; one son, Bradley S. Howard of Linn; one daughter, Kaye Barns and her husband Don of Loose Creek; one brother, Robert D. Howard and his wife Barb of West Plains; three grandchildren, Christina Roling and her husband Jake, Elizabeth Barns, and Jason Isom; two great granddaughters, Hallie Roling and Michelle Isom; along with a niece, nephews and friends.

In addition to his spouse and parents he was preceded in death by his step-father, Harold Hyland and a daughter, Faye Isom.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017, at Morton Chapel in Linn. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Floyd Gudde officiating. Interment with Full military honors will be at the Cave Springs Cemetery in rural Sullivan, MO.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St John’s United Methodist Church or Central Missouri Honor Flight Program.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)



Monday, January 02, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morton Chapel
911 E. Main St.
Linn, Missouri 65051-9781

Funeral Service

Monday, January 02, 2017
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Morton Chapel
911 E. Main St.
Linn, Missouri 65051-9781


Monday, January 02, 2017
3:00 PM

Cave Springs Cemtery
Highway 185
Sullivan, MO 63080

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I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a really nice man who helped me to just sort of be there with hard times of what was going on with our dad. He always talked to me to try to make things easier on my broken heart. My dad had a deep lover and respect for Gary. Dad has always tried to understand why another one of his lodge m brothers and not him. I keep telling him not his time yet. I apologize I sincerely wish I could have been there but just had knee replacement and could not be there in body . I am there with you in my prayers and in my heart . Gary will always have a special place in our hearts. Again so. Very sorry for your loss. Peggy (Sieg) Kempker

Peggy Kempker Jan 5 2017 12:00 AM

When I told my daughters of my Uncle Gary's passing; the response was "Catfish Gary?". It gave me a laugh, especially since I think his hush-puppies were even better than his fried catfish. I have some permanent memories surface simultaneously whenever I hear the name Gary Howard. -chasing piglets on his farm as a little girl -his whisker burns -that he shares a Christmas Eve Birthday with my sister -the old photo of him with a bunch of big squirrels he brought home from a hunt -(spoiler alert) that he was Santa Clause for Nipper when she was little -his big smile that I'm sure everyone will comment on -his unmistakable voice you could always recognize as soon as he came in the door. And that is just from my childhood. As an adult, I have been repeatedly blessed by Uncle Gary's cheerful presence. He was a faithful partner with our family when we went into the missions field. He and his sweet Mitzi would provide a warm welcome and treat whenever our family visited. Our last visit was full of fried catfish and little known facts about Catalpa Worms (well... little known to us city folk). (to be continued)

Sheila Pogson Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to family and friends of Mr. Howard. He was the best at his profession and always a pleasure to talk to when I had the chance. We are all blessed who had the opportunity to cross his path.

Randy Bellinger Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM

Gary was a good friend and co-worker for many years. In my mind, he was the best conservation agent I ever met - calm, competent, confident, caring, and a wonderful ambassador for MDC. I miss him already, but know that he is in a better place.

Norb Giessman Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM

Mitzie and Family, I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family in the loss of Gary. He was a great friend. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. My Dad and Mother thought highly of you and Gary.

Ron Scheel Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM

Young our old, Uncle Gary always knew how to keep a person captivated. It gives me a great peace to know that he is a child of God. John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. My love, thoughts, and prayers to all who celebrate the life of Gary Howard. Sheila Hiller Pogson

Sheila Pogson Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM

Kay,brad and family. So very sad to hear of your dad's passing. He was a great uncle to many of us. God bless

Pauline chamberlain Jan 1 2017 12:00 AM

Kaye I'm so sorry to find out about your dad. Even though I hadn't seen him for many years, I still remember his sense of humor and the fact that he and Betty thought the world of Christina and were very loving grandparents. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you. I know you will miss him very much.

Kim Eisterhold Jan 1 2017 12:00 AM

I was very saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He was a co-worker and friend. Gary was greatly respected by his co-workers and a great number of others. Sending prayers to the family. Roger Ponder

Roger Ponder Jan 1 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Gary. I'm a retired Conservation Officer living at Kirksville. I knew Gary very well from our working days and always enjoyed visiting with him at our annual code conference. He certainly will be missed by all. If we can be of any service to the family please let us know. So long Gary and may God be with you and his family.

Lynn McClamroch Jan 1 2017 12:00 AM

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