In memory of
Robert Burton Howe
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In memory of
Robert Burton Howe
Howe, Robert Burton Robert Burton Howe,of Danby age 78 passed away October 11, 2016 at home. In his own words he wrote the following life summary: Born in Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY, son of the late Robert Johnson Howe & Mary Winona Howe. He was a resident of the Town of Danby for over 50 years. As a youngster in the City of Ithaca he worked as a pinsetter at the Bowl-O-Drome on State Street and was an Ithaca Journal carrier of newspapers. During his high school years, having graduated in 1955, he also was a bowling sectional champion for both doubles and team events several times for the Ithaca High School. Although not very good, he enjoyed boxing and playing checkers with former world boxing champion Max Baer. At 14 years old he also had the opportunity to bowl an exhibition match against the world singles champion Junie McMahon. He played baseball with the Eagles, Moose and Town of Danby. He played basketball with the Salvation Army and YMCA teams. After high school graduation he volunteered for the United States Army. After basic training at Fort Dix, NJ he volunteered for Airborne training and became a member of the Elite 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. He had over 3 years of continuous military training. With secret clearance, he was a graduate of Jump School, Jump Master School, and Aerial Delivery School, which included heavy equipment drop and pathfinder skills. Serving with a special ops recon platoon of the 502nd AICG included special weapons, survival, medical, and rigger training. A veteran of many night jumps, cold weather drops, and heavy forest drops, he twice refused the opportunity to attend officers candidate school. To fill in for off duty time, he volunteered for the 502nd Honor Guard and participated in many weddings, funerals, parades, and demonstrations in the Clarksville, TN & Hopkinsville, KY area. He ended his military enlistment as the top graduate of the Jr. NCO Academy. His most treasured experience in the military was having met and married his wife, Linda from Princeton, KY. Upon returning home, the next 34 years were spent working for Cornell University as a pipefitter. After apprentice school and at the age of 29, he, with the help of his wife, accomplished the rare feat of building their home on Jersey Hill in its entirety - from the footers to the peak without any outside help or paid labor. He was proud to say that he was one of a very few people to have accomplished work in every building and/or structure at Cornell including the State College. Upon retirement, he was foreman of the Pipe Shop and held a masters plumbers license. He was a past president and life member of the Danby Pirates Club. He was also PCO and treasurer of Post 221 for many years and a life member of the American Legion. With the help of 2 dear friends, Ralph Rose & Walt Hurst, he was instrumental in establishing many horseshoe leagues and running tournaments in the Ithaca area. His love of hunting and fishing held him in good steed all of his life and is known to have walked the entire township of Danby in pursuit of deer. In his spare time he was an active participant in 3 successful businesses: C.B. Howe & son, H & H heating contractors, and Danby Builders, Inc. His good health allowed him to work hard 41 consecutive years without one single day of lost pay. As a very proud American, he never collected one dime of unemployment, disability compensation, or welfare. He was extremely proud of his 4 children and the trouble free raising of them. His love of his family, friends, and neighbors was continuous. Though not a rich man monetarily, he gave freely of his construction experience and time to make their homes and lives better. He is survived by his wife, Linda of 58 years, sons: Robert Chris (Sue) of Danby, William Harlan (Donna) of Pennsburg, PA, daughters: Nancy Jo Phayre (Steve) of Dryden, Barbara Ann Bargher (Joseph) of Danby, brother, John Howe (Deb) of Trumansburg, sister, Rosemary Malinowski (Bill) of Chapin, SC. Grandchildren: Brittany, Kimberly, Cody, Brent, Olivia, Devin, Haley, Michael, Cole and Derek. Great Grandchildren : Colton and Graham He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Robert and Nancie McBride, Daniel and Christine Decker. The Family will receive friends at the Danby Community Church , 1859 Danby Rd. on Saturday October 22 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00P.M. at which time there will be a Memorial service held. Burial will be private . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Danby Community Church heating system fund, 1859 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY. The family has entrusted Herson-Wagner Funeral home 110 S.Geneva St. Ithaca with the arrangements
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