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Howell passed away peacefully on November 26, 2013, at the age of 93. He was born November 1, 1920, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and moved to Denison, Texas, at a very early age with his parents Wallace Eldridge Howell and Pattie Morris Howell, his sister Frances, and his brother Wallace.
Upon graduation from Denison High School, he attended Texas A&M University for two years, and then - as did so many of The Greatest Generation - he joined the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. After training at Hondo, Texas, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with an aeronautical rating as Navigator, received advanced training in B-24 bombers at Boise, Idaho, and was then transferred to Italy and assigned to the 449th Bombardment Group of the 15th Air Force. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, appointed Flight Navigator, and flew 45 combat missions, including missions to the Ploesti oil refineries. He was decorated with the Air Medal with Clusters, the Distinguished Unit Citation with Clusters, and other citations. Lloyd Bentsen, Jr., later United States Senator from Texas, was his pilot on several missions.
After completing his required missions while stationed in Italy, he was transferred back to the United States and promptly married the love of his life, Philomena Hoedebeck, of Denison, Texas. On discharge from the United States Army Air Forces, he was employed by Southern Pacific Railroad for a number of years, took early retirement and joined his wife in their businesses Phil Howell Co., Realtors, and Phil Howell Insurance Agency, in Houston, and then officially retired in 1990.
He is survived by his wonderful wife, Philomena (Phil) Howell, daughter Mary Howell Mueller (Terry), daughter Donna Howell Greek (Mark), grandsons Thomas Mueller (Megan), Stephen Mueller (Ersela Kripa), Steve Gale (Sarah), Matt Gale, and Drew Greek, granddaughter Sandy Greek, and great-grandsons Tanner and Cooper Gale.
In lieu of floral remembrances, donations may be given to Citizens for Animal Protection 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094, or to a
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 o'clock P.M. on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in the Chapel at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 30, 2013