Howard Mitchell Record
Age 90, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 14 in the company of family members. He was born May 26, 1923 in a Bridgeport, Indiana farmhouse to John and Lora Record.
Howard spent many years working on the family farm along with his siblings up through and including his years as a student at Ben Davis High School where he was a 3-year starter for the Giants' basketball team. After graduating in 1941 and spending a brief period working at Kingman's Meat Packaging in Indianapolis, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Coast Guard to support our country's efforts in World War II. During the war, he served on the USCGC Southwind which both provided support to allied merchant ships that were en route to the Soviet Union via the Murmansk, Russia supply route and engaged in the disruption of German-commanded weather teams stationed in the region. The Southwind was instrumental in the Fall 1944 capture of the Nazi naval vessel Externsteine during a skirmish just within the Arctic Circle. Towards the end of the war, his service to our country moved to the Pacific theatre of operations where he served aboard the USS Admiral H. T. Mayo Naval cargo ship that provided provisions and troop transport through many strategic islands in the South Pacific on northward to the Japanese mainland.
After the war, Howard returned to civilian life and soon settled into a position at Allison Transmission where he spent 30 years prior to his retirement in 1975. He married Martha Jane Atkins in May of 1950 and celebrated 55 years of marriage prior to her passing in September of 2005. Howard, along with his wife, "Jane," had been parishioners of St. Ann Catholic Church since 1950 where he had served as a Eucharistic Minister while being active in the Knights of Columbus during the 1960's and 70's. Howard also served as a longtime committeeman for the Democratic National Party at his local polling precinct through several state and national elections.
Throughout most of his life, Howard was a voracious reader of the Indianapolis Star and would never shy away from conversation with friends and strangers alike. He would always offer advice concerning healthy eating habits which perhaps helped in his receiving not only 1941's Healthiest Boy in Marion County award but a long, productive life. He was always a strong advocate of education and was instrumental in raising four children with advanced collegiate degrees.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane, a young son, Dale Michael, as well his older siblings Carl, Rosmond, and Onie Louise.
Survivors include his two younger siblings, Wayne (Pauline) Record and Mary (John "Bud") Redmond, his daughter, Tena Funakoshi (Wade), and sons David (Gloria), Danny Joe (Dee) and Tony (Dolores). Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Terry Joe, John, Christina White, Adam, Lori, Casey Bales, Elizabeth, Braeden and Makayla; and three great grandchildren: Addison and Dennis Record and Moriah White.
Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2013 at Flanner-Bu channan Funeral Center , 5463 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held the morning of Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 6350 S. Mooresville Road, Indianapolis. Burial will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family asks that memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church. http://www.flannerbuchannan.com