Roy Howard

Roy C. Howard, 89, Princeton, died Saturday, August 18th at the Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton.

Roy Calvin Howard was born on December 23, 1922 in Spencer Brook Township, Isanti County, Minnesota, son of Fenimore and Enid (Ross) Howard.  He grew up on the family farm near Green Lake and attended school at District # 11 Isanti County for eight years.  He attended high school in Princeton, where he was captain of the football team. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1940.  In 1941, while serving with the National Guard, Roy was called into active duty by the Army and served in the North African and Italian Theatres of Operations.  He was wounded on February 16, 1944 on the Anzio Beachhead, for which he earned the Purple Heart.  After WWII, he was discharged in August of 1945.  Roy was united in marriage with Frances Bergeron on June 27, 1947. He was called back into service in the Army during the Korean War and was  discharged from duty in August of 1953, but continued serving in the National Guard until 1965.  He worked as a rural mail carrier for the postal service in Princeton for thirty years, retiring in 1978.

Roy courageously confronted and defeated the disease of alcoholism in 1975 and served for years with AA assisting others with their recoveries. He logged countless miles and hours attending his kids’ and grandkids’ sports and other activities over the years.  He and Fran wintered for many years in Arizona, which Roy enjoyed immensely.  He was known for his hilarious storytelling and dry sense of humor.  He was also steadfastly patriotic and was glad to share stories about his time in the service.

He is survived by his wife: Fran of over 65 years; six children: Stephanie (Art) Skarohlid of Princeton, James (Lisa) Howard of Blaine, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Howard of Maple Grove, Sheila (Kevin) VanHooser of Princeton, Sheryl (Greg) Furzland of Princeton and Sharlene (Tim) Williamson of Menomonie, WI; seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a brother: Donald Howard of Dalton.

He was preceded by his parents: Fenimore & Enid; siblings: Madeline, Ross, Florence, Charlie, Willie, Robert, James, Thelma, Cynthia and four children in infancy.

The service was held on Thursday, August 23rd at the Freshwaters United Methodist – River Campus, Princeton, MN.  Burial: Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton.  (Williams Dingmann, Princeton)