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Donald “Don” Howe

June 20, 1939 – November 7, 2021

Donald “Don” Howe, 82, of David City, died Sunday, November 7, 2021 at his home in David City surrounded by his loving family.

Christian Burial Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City. Visitations were held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Kracl Funeral Home in David City, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Visiting continued from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, November 12 at the church. Incarceration at St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.

Don was born June 20, 1939 to Glen and Irene (Shaver) Howe in David City, Nebraska. Don’s childhood was filled with racing shenanigans, farming chores, and a true love for all things mechanical. He attended District 66 until his family moved to town in 1949. From there he attended David City High School and completed Carburetor School in 1958.

That same year, Don started working for Louie Martin at the Amaco station. Don has worked on countless cars, changed more tires than can be counted; Not only would it fill your gas tank, but it would make sure your windows were clean and your tires were full, always giving service with a smile. In 1960, he joined the 134th Infantry of the Army National Guard and reached the rank of sergeant. He was assigned to the Mortar Division and earned the Expert Insignia with Automatic Rifle Clasp. Don was stationed in South Carolina and was honorably discharged in 1966.

In 1962, while walking around town in his hot rod, he met the love of his life, Marci. The two were married on July 25, 1964. Four children were born from this union. In 1962, he joined the David City Volunteer Fire Department. He has been EMT certified for several years. He was honored to have a son-in-law, grandson and four granddaughters to follow in his footsteps, serving a four-month sentence before age 60. In the early 1970s, Don also became a Master Scout for his sons in the Boy Scouts, which included trips to the Grand Canyon and Colorado. Don remained active in the Boy Scouts until about the mid-1980s.

Don was a very humble and caring person, he knew how to fix almost anything and was always ready to help a friend in need. One of the things he loved the most was without a doubt his family. He was the biggest Scout fan of any sporting event, the best babysitter, driver, plumber, carpenter, storyteller and dancer. He would give the best hugs, tell the funniest jokes, and cook the best mashed potatoes. He liked to go hunting, gambling and occasionally to Old Mill Light. He will be forever missed and his memory will never be forgotten. Don was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 57 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marci; children, Jeff Howe of David City, Sandy (Scott) Hoeft of David City, Randy (Michelle) Howe of Omaha and Michelle (Don) Clary of David City; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Howe from Omaha, Danielle (Ron) Siwirski from Omaha, Megan (Derek) Worm from David City, Broderick Hoeft from David City, Robin Howe from Omaha, Morgan Hoeft from David City, Lauren Hoeft from David City, Katherine Howe of Omaha, Madison Hoeft of David City and Annabelle Clary of David City; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah Howe, Roman Siwirski, Layton Worm and Rylee Siwirski; siblings, Shirley Fenning of Arcadia, Calif., James (Rita) Howe of Eagle and Robert Howe of Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and countless cousins.

His parents died before him; half-brother, LaVerne Bearden-Howe; brother, Terry Howe; sister and brother-in-law, Norma (Lawerence) Kovar; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Arlene (Ronald) Rea; brother-in-law, Ronald Rejda; and the in-laws, Frank and Clara Rejda.

Memorials in the care of the family for future designation.

Kracl Funeral Chapel of David City in charge of arrangements.


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