Frederick Howell

Frederick Albert "Dick" Howell Jr.

Monday, March 23rd, 1925 - Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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Frederick “Dick” Howell of Republic, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 at the age of 94. Dick had been in failing health for several months and died peacefully in his home in Republic, Missouri with his beloved wife Peggy by his side.
Frederick Albert Howell, Jr. was born in Canton, MO on March 23, 1925 to parents, Frederick “Mose” and Hazel Belle Marie Howell. As the middle of three children, growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River provided young Dick as many adventures as Tom Sawyer. He was a hard worker in support of his family and enjoyed his leisure time on the baseball field, basketball court and even the local pool hall.
In 1943, immediately following high school graduation, Dick joined the ranks of fellow World War II soldiers, including his older brother, Bill. As the tail gunner, Dick and the crew of his B17, Jimbo’s Circus, survived 25 full missions, earning them lifetime membership in the “Lucky Bastards Club”.
With great gratitude for receipt of the GI Bill, Dick returned to the states in 1945 to marry Marjorie Lee Smith and attend college. He graduated with a Bachelor and Master’s Degree(s) in school counseling and guidance from Western Illinois University. While working in both the Springfield, MO and Canton, IL Public Schools, Dick proudly raised his family, son Ryk and daughters Cyd, Kyp and Lyb. He retired following his appointment as Guidance Counselor at Spoon River Community College.
Dick fully embraced his retirement by continuing his lifelong passion for playing golf. He was a well-respected player across the Springfield area and earned nine holes in one over the course of his time on the links. His humor and ability entertained fellow players of all ages for decades.
His return to Springfield afforded him the chance to meet and eventually marry Peggy Mitchell. Dick was very much a father figure to her daughters, Melanie and Meara. They had many adventures enjoying time as a family.
Dick remained passionate about his family, golf and Cardinals baseball until his last days. As his spirit soars into the “wild blue yonder”, Dick will be remembered by so many for his infinite wisdom, sense of fairness, competitive spirit, golfing prowess, love of good music, dancing skills, handsome smile and affection. Dick Howell will be greatly missed by those who were so very fortunate to know and love him.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Hazel; siblings, William “Bill” and Martha “Sister”, baby grandson Cody and great grandson Emerson.
He is survived by his loving wife Peggy, of Republic; children Ryk Howell (Becky) of Canton, IL, Cyd Fithian (Bob) of Newburgh, IN, Kyp McLaren (Rick) of Canton, IL, and Lyb Howell of Pekin, IL; stepdaughters Melanie Mitchell-Wexler of Germantown, MD and Meara Mitchell of Kansas City, MO; 11 grandchildren of Illinois, Indiana and Maryland and 24 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held in Dick’s honor at 11 a.m., Friday, September 27 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery located at 5201 Southwood Road, Springfield, MO. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the B-29 Cafe: 1751 West State Highway J, Ozark, Mo. (Across from Lamberts)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s name to Seasons Hospice, 1831 West Melville Road, Springfield, MO 65803 ( or the Disabled American Veterans Charity ( .
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    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    5201 South Southwood
    Springfield, Missouri 65804
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Cyd Fithian

Posted at 08:52pm
I have so many wonderful memories of sharing time with my Dad. I lovingly remember the family vacations we took while growing up. The trips to various colleges when I was deciding where to further my college education but my favorite memories come from our Fall and Spring Break vacations that we took together for the past 20 years. We took 4 days in October and a week in March. Dad, Peggy, Bob and I have vacationed places from Tybee Island Georgia and Pauley's Island South Carolina to Memphis Tennessee, Clarksdale Mississippi, Tunica Mississippi, Hot Springs Arkansas. Every place was special just because I was with my Dad.

Terry Lee

Posted at 11:52am
I met Dick through his wife, Peggy over 30 years ago. He was such a good man who was always kind to me. I would come to visit in Springfield or they would come to visit me in Kansas City, and we always had a great time full of laughter. The last time I saw Dick in 2015 he said to me "I wondered if I would ever see you again" which of course put a tear in my eye. Dick will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss him dearly.

Mary DeLozier

Posted at 10:12pm
I got to know Dick when I worked with Peggy at the Special Ed Office for Spr ingfield Public Schools. Every holiday Dick would bring Peggy a beautiful bouquet of flowers. My husband, Jack, and I shared several fun dinners with Dick and Peggy. When our grandson, Preston, was studying World War II he joined us for dinner and enjoyed listening to Dick tell stories of his experience as a tail gunner in a B17. Dick survived 25 missions thus becoming a lifetime member of the Lucky Bastards Club. Preston was very impressed. Rest In Peace Dick and Jack.

Donna Scott

Posted at 08:08pm
Ed & I will never forget the first day we golfed with Dick & Peggy at Springfield Golf. We had to wait on the people in front of us so we asked if they wanted to join us and they agreed. Ed looked at me and said I think that he was my counselor at Jarrett Jr High. Ed asked Dick and he said he was. Small world! I teed off and my golf ball went left in the bushes and rocks so Dick being the gentleman he was he went looking for my golf ball and sank in mud up to his ankles and he had on brand new golf shoes. Every time we came to that hole after that I would ask Dick if he would get my ball if I hit it in there but I think he got wise and told me I was on my own. LOL! Dick, Peggy, Ed, & I had some fun times together and we will never forget them! Love you! Ed & Donna Scott

Kyt and Christy Howell

Posted at 09:43pm
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