Robert L. Howard, 88, of Menominee died March 27, 2014 at home. He was born on October 18, 1925 in Chicago, Ill. to the late Robert and Florence (Dettman) Howard.
He came to Marinette as a child and attended local schools, graduating from Marinette High School in 1943. During World War II, he was employed at the US Naval Shipyard in Bremerton where he worked on many of the battleships damaged in the war. He was a former member of the Wisconsin National Guard Red Arrow Division. After the war, he returned to Marinette and began work at American Can as a machinist. He continued working there until he retired from Menominee Paper Company in 1991 after 44 years of service. He married the former Delores Bagdon on August 26, 1950 in the Marinette Methodist Church. During the 1970s, he and his wife owned and operated the Dog N Suds (later Howard's Plaza Restaurant) at the M&M Plaza for several years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Menominee and a former elder. Mr. Howard was a member of the Marinette Masonic Lodge 182 for over 50 years. He loved living on the Menominee River and was a lifetime Packer fan. He was a longtime blood donor and donated over 24 gallons of blood. In his retirement, he loved to read and enjoyed casino bus trips.
Howard is survived by his wife of 63 years Delores; two daughters: Susan (Bruce) Sharbono of Laurel, Montana and Barbara (William) Swan of Lake Charles, La.; four grandchildren: Jacob Sharbono of Helena, Mont., Caitlyn Sharbono of Fromberg, Mont., Rebecca Swan of Beaumont, Texas, and Alexandra Swan in college in Minneapolis, Minn.; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his Uncle Art Dettman.
Funeral services for Robert will be held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until time of services. Pastor Jon Nelson officiating.
A memorial fund has been established in Robert's name. Any expressions of sympathy and kindness can be directed to Mr. Howard's favorite place, the Spies Public Library.
The family would like to thank Mike and Jennifer Nowak and family for all of their assistance.