LAPEER, Mich. — Donald “Don” A. Howard, 82, of Lapeer, formerly of Detroit, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Don was born May 30, 1930, in Burdine, Ky., to Arthur and Carrie (Buchanan) Howard.
Mr. Howard was a 1948 graduate of Elizabethton High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and worked on engines in Japan. Donald retired from the Detroit Fire Department in 1976 and was a proud member of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, supporting the Detroit Firemen’s Fund.
Mr. Howard and his wife were members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lapeer. Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather, affectionately known as “Papaw.”
Don is survived by his wife, Donna “Sue” Howard of Lapeer; children, Karen L. Howard of Lapeer, Sharon K. Howard of Lansing, Rick (Wendy) Howard of Marlboro, Mass., and Laura (Jim) Harper, who is like a daughter; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jason) Pullen of Jenison, Mich., Christina (Mike) Stone of Atlanta, Ga., and Jared Howard of Marlboro, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Landon and Evelyn Pullen; brothers, Bill (Frances) Howard of Lexington, Ky., and David (Linda) Howard of Blythewood, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Carrie Howard, and brother, Gary Howard.
Burial of Mr. Howard’s cremains will take place at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. http://www.muirbrotherslapeer.com/
Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer, Mich., is in charge.