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In Memory of

John M. Howard

December 22, 1944 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


John Michael Howard was born on December 22, 1944 in Midwest City, OK to Claude (John) and Martha Howard. John grew up in Midwest City and joined the US Marines in December 1961, proudly serving his country as a MP until 1966 when he was honorably discharged. John then worked in the family business, Oil Field Ignition until he took a job at OPUBCO in 1968. John attended college from 1971 to 1975 at Central State now known as UCO and obtained his degree in Funeral Science. Shortly after moving to OKC with his family...

John Michael Howard was born on December 22, 1944 in Midwest City, OK to Claude (John) and Martha Howard. John grew up in Midwest City and joined the US Marines in December 1961, proudly serving his country as a MP until 1966 when he was honorably discharged. John then worked in the family business, Oil Field Ignition until he took a job at OPUBCO in 1968. John attended college from 1971 to 1975 at Central State now known as UCO and obtained his degree in Funeral Science. Shortly after moving to OKC with his family in 1976, John began work as an Investigator for the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner Office. John was involved in the search and rescue efforts following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building in OKC on April 19, 1995 and helped many people through painful and tragic circumstances during his career as an Investigator. His job required great patience and care and he was known as a kind man with exemplary character and rarely had a negative word to say about anyone. He had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of many people. John was the first person known to stay on the job with the Medical Examiner Office long enough to retire, making him a legend to some of his co-workers.
John always had a deep passion for cars and motorcycles so after his retirement he jumped into building his collection of classic cars, attending and participating in car shows and enjoying his membership in the Tri-City Cruisers Club. His favorite car was a 1938 Ford Coupe, (his PT Cruiser) winning many trophies and awards. John was also an avid reader and liked to listen to big band music out on his patio; however, his greatest love was reserved for his children, grand-children and great grand-children. John is preceded in death by his parents, Claude Howard and Martha Ryan and his infant son, Daniel Howard. He is survived by his dear friend, Anita Tuttle; sister, Koni Howard-Gainer; son, John (Mike) Howard and his wife Holly; daughter, Denise Harrington and her husband Kevin; 8 grand-children, Kylie Tuttle and her husband Dan, Tessa Howard and Andy Holloway, Zoe Howard, Robin Morrison and her husband Randy, Andrew (Jake) Harrington and his wife Sierra, Kassadi Ehl and her husband Braxton, Ethan Harrington, Allysen Harrington; and 7 great grand-children.