Virgil L. HowardVirgil L. Howard âloving husband, father, grandfather, and veteranâ
OLEAN, NY---Virgil L. Howard, 92, of Olean, NY, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa, passed away with his loving family at his side on Sunday, November 16,2 014 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.
Born on December 4, 1921 in Bell Run, Pa, he was the eldest son of Levernon and Eva Foote Howard. On January 1, 1947 in Genesee, Pa, he married Elizabeth âBetteâ Morton, who passed away on April 11, 2005.
Mr. Howard was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. Virgil was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving in the South Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant. In 1948 he graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in Cleveland, Ohio. Virgil, along with his wife, owned and operated the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse. They continued the tradition passed on to them by Mrs. Howardâs parents who had owned and operated the former Morton Funeral Home in Shinglehouse. They had also run the local ambulance service, as many funeral directors had done during that era, passing it to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, after many years of service to the community. Virgil and Bette retired on June 1, 1984, when Kevin and Patricia Dusenbury purchased the funeral home.
Virgil was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse and a member of St. Johnâs Catholic Church in Olean. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.
His greatest love was his family. He most especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are four daughters, Michelle âMykeâ (Bob) Karr of Shinglehouse, Mary (Dominic) Colarusso of Olean, Pattie (Greg) Carey of Olean, and Elizabeth âLizâ (Lyle) Cornelius of Shinglehouse; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ella Howard, Yvonne Milliken, and Jackie Dietze, all of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Virgil was predeceased by a son, William S. âBillâ Howard; three brothers, Vincent Howard, Henry Howard, and Leonard Howard; and a sister, Aola Maxson.
Mr. Howard has generously gifted his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials in Virgilâs name may be made to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to a charity of the donorâs choice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dr and Dr Kothari Nov 21 2014 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna Hanks Holly Nov 20 2014 12:00 AM
God Bless you Uncle Virgil Thanks for all the great memories at camp with you and aunt Bette.You will be greatly missed Love ya!
FRIDAY Nov 19 2014 12:00 AM
To my "sisters" - Patty Jo, Myke, Liz and Mary,
What a wonderful legacy your sweet father leaves by having the special family that fulfilled his life with love, kindness and the doting that only daughters can give. I know that no matter what the age, the loss of a parent forever leaves a hurt in our hearts.
I also know that your dad is happy once again to rejoin his lovely Bette and son Bill. They have been away from him for a long time and the rejoicing in Heaven at their reunion must be so powerful.
My thoughts and prayers have been with you all as you've endured the last few weeks, knowing the inevitable outcome. My sisters and I experienced the loss of our dear father several years ago, never wanting to lose him but knowing that he was finally at rest from the pain and suffering helped us tremendously in our healing.
We will celebrate Virgil's life when we're all together in Myrtle Beach. Until then, my prayers will continue for all of you.
(aka Knee Baby)
Betty Jo Genovese Nov 19 2014 12:00 AM
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Gene & Tamara Graham
Gene & Tamara Graham Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM
God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today."The gates of heaven are well guarded NOW, by Another United States MARINE". Thank YOU for your service, Sgt.Howard................ And Semper Fi.
Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM
God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today."The gates of heaven are well guarded NOW, by Another United States MARINE". Thank YOU for your service, Sgt. Howard.............. And Semper Fi.
Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Virgil. I knew Virgil and Bette from our times together on the Kinzua. They had a boat two slips away from us and on beautiful summer evenings Virgil and Bette would come putting into the marina on their "cabin on the lake". Virgil had it set up so he could sit on the deck and still drive. It was really something. Once docked Virgil would break out the wine and we would sit on the deck, listen to the loons, feed the ducks, watch the sunset and talk about all kinds of stuff under the sun... but nothing ever too serious. I had a great fondness for both of them. They were great times and I know they felt that way too.
Virgil, may you encounter still waters as you embark on your journey to be with your Bette.
Jan Burkness Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM
We are so very sorry for your loss . We will be thinking of you all during this difficult time.
The Brushingham Family
Shawn and Stacy Brushingham Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM
we are so very sorry for your loss.
hope to see you all soon.
love, mick and lisa
mick and lisa Nov 18 2014 12:00 AM