Vernon Emery Howell was born September 13, 1926, in Koshkonong, Missouri, the eldest son of the late Fred Howell and Ada Stanley Howell. He entered into eternal rest on June 29, 2021, at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 16 days.
He was united in marriage on December 25, 1958, to the love of his life, Lavern (Brazeal) Howell, who preceded him in death on August 2, 2016. They celebrated 57 years of marriage and loved each other with a pure and devoted love. He missed Mama every day after she went on to be with the Lord.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Miriam Howell LeGrand; three brothers, Virgil Howell, Van Howell, and Jack Howell; and one sister, Fern Adams.
He is survived by four children: Martha Tuttle, husband Roger, of West Plains; Daniel Howell, wife Tammy, of Thayer; Elisabeth DeShane, husband Kenn, of West Plains; and David Howell, wife Rhonda, of West Plains; six grandchildren: Katelyn Howell; Matt Franks, wife Abby; Chloe Howell; Madelyn DeShane; Dawson Howell; and Caleb DeShane; one sister: Violet Reed; two brothers: Wayne Howell and Paul Howell; many nieces and nephews; former son-in-law, Fred LeGrand; a special friend, Frank Ballard; and a host of loving relatives and friends.
Daddy was a hard-working man and shared memories of working from a very early age; he began plowing behind the horse, using the old-fashioned plows at age five. He helped his Dad and Mom on the farm for many years.
He was drafted into the United States Army during WW II and was stationed at former US Army military base, Fort Presidio, San Francisco, California.
In 1951, he and Mama began a seven year courtship in which Daddy said he wanted to “make sure she loved me.” Mama was patient and laughingly told people that if she hadn’t got him, she’d still be chasing him!
Daddy was a hard worker, who believed in getting up early and starting the day to get things done. He worked at Koshkonong School in various roles for over 50 years. He served as bus driver, custodian, and maintenance staff and is fondly remembered by his willingness to work hard and do his job with thoroughness and integrity. He was also a logger and spent many hours in the logwoods behind a team of mules. He did various jobs to make a living for his family; cut many a “rank of wood” and picked up walnuts by the hundreds of pounds each year.
The one thing that mattered most to Vernon was his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved God with a pure and child-like faith. His love for Christ and the Word of God was his driving force, especially in his years of being alone after Lavern’s death. Upon greeting his friends and fellow Christians, he would often ask them, “Do you still love Jesus?” or “Are you still looking for Jesus?” He lived his faith out among people and wanted people to know they were loved by a loving God and by him. He attended church services in many places over the years and loved to worship God in song and hearing the Word of God. He recently celebrated 79 years of knowing Jesus.
Vernon will truly be missed by his family, friends and the community in which he lived.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Shady Oaks Nursing Center in Thayer and Three Rivers Hospice Agency for their loving care and assistance for Vernon during the past three months. He made many friends in his short time there.
Funeral services for Vernon Howell will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Junior Andrews and Brother Anthony Woods officiating.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Gideons International. Donations may be left at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.
Burial will be on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Walker Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.