Arlie G. Howard

Feb 10, 2013 Staff

Arlie G. Howard, formerly of Fremont County, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the William R. Courtney Veterans Home in Temple, Texas.

He was 91 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is pending.

Arlie George Howard was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Southland, Texas, the son of George Dewey Howard and Lula May Patman Howard. He was the oldest of three children.

He graduated from Maypearl High School, near Waxahachie, Texas.

He worked in aircraft factories in Fort Worth, Texas, and Long Beach, Calif., before joining the Army Air Corps in 1942.

Mr. Howard was stationed at Hobbs Air Force Base as an airplane maintenance technician during most of the war, and he earned and treasured his sergeant's stripes as a qualification to serve as flight engineer on the B-17s he worked on.

A crash on take-off became a central event in his life, leaving him with a limp and recurring headaches.

He separated from service in 1946 and opened an auto-repair shop in Angleton, Texas. He began working for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas, in 1948, retiring in 1975.

Thereafter, Mr. Howard followed his wife as her career took them to Wyoming, back home to Texas for about 20 year.

The Howards then moved back to Fremont County, where they lived for 12 years on a butte with a panoramic view of the Wind River Mountains.

He worked for several years for the electrical department of the City of Abilene, Texas, did a little hangar flying, worked on airplanes in Sheridan and Lovington, N.M., and performed small engine repairs in his garage in Seguin, Texas.

The Howards moved back to Texas to be near family when Mr. Howard's health began to fail.

He is survived by his wife, Ada; daughters Holly Griswold of Pflugerville, Texas, and Sara Pease of McDade, Texas; one grandson; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren, all of the Austin area.

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