Max J. Howitt LUBBOCK-Max J. Howitt was born Jan. 5, 1926, on Empire Prairie near King City, Mo. He died March 10, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas. He was the third and youngest child of Glen and Edna Howitt and attended Empire Rural School for eight years. After graduating from King City High School in 1943, he served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. After his army service, Max attended the University of Missouri and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He taught Institutional on the Farm Training to veterans for one year at Clarence, Mo. While in Clarence, Max met Evelyn Schwada, and they were married June 25, 1950, in Macon, Mo. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois for one year before going to work for DeKalb Seed Company in 1951. Through his work at DeKalb, the family lived in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and twice in Lubbock, Texas. He retired after 40 years with DeKalb as regional manager for several corn and sorghum plants and numerous international projects. Max's wife, Evelyn, his mother and father; one brother; and one sister preceded him in death. Four children are Beverly Young of Grand Prairie (husband George), Cynthia Petrick of Irving (husband Terry), Sandy Hestes of Arlington (husband Bob), and Greg Howitt of San Antonio (wife Patricia). Five grandchildren are Dr. Carmen Petrick Smith (husband Steve), Lauren Petrick Brooks (husband Jordan), Jeffrey Howitt Young, Bryan Howitt and Alan Howitt. Max's life centered around work, his wife, and his family. He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing golf and bridge. He was a member of Lubbock's First United Methodist Church and the Homebuilders Sunday School Class. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Resthaven Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Resthaven Memorial Park with memorial service to follow at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. in the chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. Family and friends may leave online condolences at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Mar. 12, 2014