Harry ‘Butch’ G. Howard

WEIDMAN — Harry ‘Butch’ G. Howard, Jr., 69, of Weidman, passed away at home on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 surrounded by family.  

Butch was born on Nov. 23, 1945, in Petoskey, the son of Harry G. and Jessie Marie (Sutton) Howard, Sr. 

On Sept. 3, 1966, he married Shirley A. Bradley in Boyne City.  They were residents of the Mount Pleasant and Weidman area since 1967.  Harry worked 35 years for the Chippewa Hills School System, for many years as a principal at Mecosta Elementary after teaching for many years.

Butch was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, a past member of the Weidman Lions Club, and a member of several professional associations, including the Michigan Association of Elementary Principals.  He enjoyed woodworking and built many toys and projects for his children and grandchildren.

Harry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shirley; and three grandchildren that he adored more than anything, Michaela Kessler, Alyssa McNeill and Peyton Garcia.  He also adored his three daughters and their husbands, Kim and Mike Kessler, of Kalamazoo; Kelly and Carlos Garcia, of Orlando, Fla.; and Krista and Tim McNeill, of Weidman.  Also surviving are two sisters and their husbands, Louise and Jim Bradley, of Charlotte, and Jeanie and Bruce Nelson, of Boyne City; and a sister-in-law, Jean Welch, of Mount Pleasant; along with nieces Kayla, Teresa and Tina; and a nephew, Patrick.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of Harry’s life will take place at 11 a.m on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 320 S. Bradley Street, Mount. Pleasant, with Pastor Dana Hendershot officiating.  A luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the funeral service.  Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery in Weidman later in the day.  Friends will gather with the family from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Rowley Funeral Home in Mount. Pleasant and again from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church on Saturday .

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, the church or through rowleyfuneralhome.com.