Benny E. Howe

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Benny E. Howe, sergeant major, U.S. Army, retired, 84, of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Persia, Iowa, he was the son of the late Frank and Leona Long Howe.

He was a graduate of Persia High School, Class of 1948, and enlisted in the U.S. Army that December. Benny was a career serviceman, serving his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring as a sergeant major of the Army in 1969.

After his retirement, he was employed by Potlatch Corp. of Ransom as a traffic manager, by Valley Distributing and Storage of Laflin as manager, and last by Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Benny was an avid hunter and fisherman and was past president of The Four Poplars Hunting Club, Colley. He was also an avid golfer. Benny played professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians minor league team prior to his enlistment in the Army and was a sports writer during his time in the Army, reporting on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. To this day, they are still his favorite teams.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Bernadine Ferenchick, on Feb. 27, 2003; and his brother, Bernie Howe.

Surviving are his children, Kevin Howe and his wife, Joellen, Nanticoke; Brian Howe and his wife, Chrissy, Wilkes-Barre; and Kimberly Howe, Plains Township; grandsons, Jake and Mikey Howe; several nieces and nephews.

Benny's family would like to thank the staff of the Intensive Care Unit and 6 East at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for their wonderful and compassionate care of their father.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township, with the Rev. John Boyle, pastor, officiating.

Interment with military honors will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Plains, PA 18705
(570) 823-1358
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 4, 2014
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