In memory of
John Howard Boone
In memory of
John Howard Boone
John Howard Boone March 28, 1951 - Jan. 3, 2021 "It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love." This quote by John Lennon aptly sums up the worldview and life philosophy of John Howard Boone, who passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2021. He was known as Howard to most, Howie to some, evolving most recently into Grandpa to his five loving grandkids. With his core belief that love and kindness were the real currencies to be counted, Howard positively affected everyone he encountered in his nearly 70 laps around the sun, and he will be dearly missed. Howard was born March 28, 1951 in Eugene, Ore., but lived nearly all of his life in Northeast Portland; a proud alum of Beaumont School and Grant High School. He worked many jobs in his life and from them gained many skills and many stories. From restaurant ownership to trash compaction to the trucking industry, he brought humor, analytics and attention to detail to each. Howard was also known for his intelligence, quick wit, and uncanny ability to win at board or card games, even though he didn't particularly love playing them. He could also rebuild the engine of a 1962 Chevy panel truck or change the transmission of a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle, both almost in his sleep. Howard was also a fan of music, science fiction, beachcombing, pruning the roses, camping and going barefoot. He loved to eat huckleberries, cheeseburgers, pistachios and buttermilk pancakes. He was a pacifist, an activist and a conscientious objector. Howard was not a complainer; not when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and not when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was so appreciative of the caregivers, mental health professionals, social workers, hospice staff and countless others who assisted him personally over the years. Waiting for him somewhere in the twinkle of the universe are his parents, John D. "Jack" and Helen (Elsasser) Boone, along with his little brother, Bill. Staying behind for the time-being are brothers, Mike (Debbie) and Randy; children, Aryn Hansen (Rick) and Zak (Jennifer); grandchildren, Austin, Michael, Sofia, Xander and Vivien; nine nieces and nephews; and former wife and lifetime best friend, Sheri. No funeral services will be held, because frankly, Howard never really liked funerals and would much rather you play a track or two from the Beatles album of your choice while you think of his wry smile. Finally, in lieu of flowers, Howard and the family suggest you make a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
View Full Obituary ›
In memory of
John Howard Boone
John Howard Boone March 28, 1951 - Jan. 3, 2021 "It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love." This quote by John Lennon aptly sums up the worldview and life philosophy of John Howard Boone, who passed away peacefully Jan. 3, 2021. He was known as Howard to most, Howie to some, evolving most recently into Grandpa to his five loving grandkids. With his core belief that love and kindness were the real currencies to be counted, Howard positively affected everyone he encountered in his nearly 70 laps around the sun, and he will be dearly missed. Howard was born March 28, 1951 in Eugene, Ore., but lived nearly all of his life in Northeast Portland; a proud alum of Beaumont School and Grant High School. He worked many jobs in his life and from them gained many skills and many stories. From restaurant ownership to trash compaction to the trucking industry, he brought humor, analytics and attention to detail to each. Howard was also known for his intelligence, quick wit, and uncanny ability to win at board or card games, even though he didn't particularly love playing them. He could also rebuild the engine of a 1962 Chevy panel truck or change the transmission of a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle, both almost in his sleep. Howard was also a fan of music, science fiction, beachcombing, pruning the roses, camping and going barefoot. He loved to eat huckleberries, cheeseburgers, pistachios and buttermilk pancakes. He was a pacifist, an activist and a conscientious objector. Howard was not a complainer; not when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and not when he was diagnosed with cancer. He was so appreciative of the caregivers, mental health professionals, social workers, hospice staff and countless others who assisted him personally over the years. Waiting for him somewhere in the twinkle of the universe are his parents, John D. "Jack" and Helen (Elsasser) Boone, along with his little brother, Bill. Staying behind for the time-being are brothers, Mike (Debbie) and Randy; children, Aryn Hansen (Rick) and Zak (Jennifer); grandchildren, Austin, Michael, Sofia, Xander and Vivien; nine nieces and nephews; and former wife and lifetime best friend, Sheri. No funeral services will be held, because frankly, Howard never really liked funerals and would much rather you play a track or two from the Beatles album of your choice while you think of his wry smile. Finally, in lieu of flowers, Howard and the family suggest you make a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Oregon State Parks Foundation. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
View Full Obituary ›
888-303-5240 Need help ordering?
We’re here for you.
100% Money Back Guarantee
Need Help? Have Questions?