Michael's Story

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Michael Neal Howard, 67, of Grawn, passed away on Aug. 25, 2017 of cancer.
Michael is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Howard; his sisters, Beth Hirdler and Julie Howard; brother, Larry Howard; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
After courageously serving two terms in the Vietnam War, Michael was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970. His life after was filled with various adventures and milestones. During this time Michael hitchhiked across on the United States on several occasions. He lived in many different parts of the country and had different occupations where he touched the lives of the many friends he met along the way. This journey also included marrying his high school sweetheart and later relocating to Duck Lake near Grawn where he lived and took care of his widowed mother, Jacqueline until the day he passed. During this time on Duck Lake, Michael created the Howard Campground in the backyard forest of his parents property. This campground facilitated the many family get-togethers' and overnight camping experiences that were loved immensely and enjoyed by all of his family and many friend throughout the years.
Michael was involved with the VFW and was always an advocate for peace. He had a love for music, especially rock-n-roll, and had an uncanny ability of remembering the facts of the numerous books he read about politics, history and science. Moreover, he valued deep, meaningful conversations. Up until the end, Michael lived his live to the fullest with courage, kindness, love and a contagious sense of humor. He will be remembered with great fondness and missed dearly.
A memorial will be held in his honor on Sept. 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Howard Residence, 3947 East Duck Lake Rd., Grawn.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Vietnam Veterans of America in memory of Michael Neal Howard.
Published on September 8, 2017
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