Walter Sherman Howard Jr. (1955 – 2012)
STRONG - Walter Sherman Howard Jr., age 57, died on Dec. 25, 2012 at his home in Strong after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and diabetes. His family was by his side and he has gone to rest with family and friends who have made the journey before him.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1955 in Avon, the son of Walter and Ella (Phillips) Howard Sr.. He lived his younger years in Phillips and attended schools in that area. On Sept. 28, 1979, he married Laura Searles, his wife of 33 years. Walter started his working life at the AG Store and Mitchell's Hardware Store in Phillips. He then moved from the country and tried life in the Lewiston area where he worked at L & A Groceries for a short time. He then moved back to the country and worked at area lumber mills. Lastly, he worked at Karkos Service Station in Farmington.
He is survived by; his wife, Laura Howard of Strong; three sons, Clifford Howard Sr. And wife, Steph of Fort Drum, NY, Daniel Howard and wife, Kelly of Harrison, and youngest son Glendon Howard of Strong; six grandchildren, Brandon, Brianna, Jackie, Clifford Jr., Rhys, and Chace; his father, Walter Howard Sr.; his brother, Cecil Howard Sr of Farmington; three half-sisters; three half-bothers; and many more family and friends.
He was predeceased by; his mother, Ella Howard; and his grandparents.
He will be greatly missed by us all, but we are happy that his suffering is over. It has been a very long road for him and his family. The family would like to thank the employees of Franklin Memorial Hospital and Franklin Area Family Health for everything they did for them along this long journey.
Well wishes may be sent to Laura and Glendon Howard, 173 Chandler Road, Strong, ME 04983. At Walter’s request, there will be no services. He wants people to celebrate his life, not his death.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 488 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, ME 04938.