James H. Howe

James H. Howe

James H. ‘Jim’ Howe of Plainwell, Michigan, (formerly of Galesburg) passed away Sunday, January 21, 2007 in Plainwell. Mr. Howe was born February 13, 1937 in Otsego to Aaron and Esther (Johnson) Howe and had been a lifelong resident of the area. For 20 years he was employed as a machinist with Durametallic (now Flowserve), retiring in 1979. Jim liked cars and trucks, enjoyed watching the Discovery and Animal Planet channels and listening to country music. Surviving are his first wife, Patricia Pullin; three sons, Randy (Pam) Howe of Dorr, Ron (Debora) Howe of Portage and Tom (Sally) Howe of Paw Paw; his grandchildren, Bradley (Andrea), April, Bruce, Michelle, Samantha, Chris and Jason; eight great-grandchildren, Ethan, Bayleigh, Kelci, Dustin, Tristan, Ariana, Gage and Brayton; his siblings, Barbara (Bob) Rietkerk of Kalamazoo, Joanne Holmes of Alamo, his twin brother John (Donna) Howe of Grand Junction, Janet (Ray) Penn of Kalamazoo, David Howe of Las Vegas, Kenneth (Phyllis) Howe of Alamo and Jerry Howe of Plainwell; many nieces, nephews and cousins; his step-children, Elizabeth (John) Pencost, Deborah (Bryon) Boley, Stephen (Suzanne) Soncrant and Sharon (Kenneth) Boley and their families; all his friends at Life Care Center of Plainwell; and his faithful friend and companion, his dog Luke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna (Soncrant) Howe in August of 2006, a brother, Harold Howe, and a sister, Noreen O’Dell. Friends may meet the family from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, Crista Simmons of Life Care Ministries officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Life Care Ministries (checks payable to Kalamazoo First Assembly of God) or the Activities Fund of Life Care Center of Plainwell.


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