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1920 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Howard Burton Twiss Obituary
Howard Burton Twiss was born on June 21, 1920 to Robert Twiss and Inda Stecker Twiss.  He was born the 3rd of 8 children.  He spent his youth on a small ranch north of Wray.  He attended grade school in a one-room country school and then later attended Wray High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and was Wray FFA first chapter president.  It was here that he met and fell in love with his future wife, Mary Faye Funk.
Howard worked in the hay fields in North Park, Colorado during the summers and part time for the Wray phone company.  At that time Howard was sure of one thing: He didn't want to be a farmer and rancher.
After marriage in 1940, he secured a full time job with the Phone Company and was transferred to Denver, installing phones at Buckley Air Force Base.  Their first daughter was born at this time. 
In the spring of 1943, after disillusionment with city life, he, his wife and daughter bought a farm southeast of Akron, a mile from where his parents had recently moved from the Wray area and also bought a farm.
After a short time, as a member of the "Greatest Generation" he enlisted in the Navy and served until the end of World War II.  While in the Navy, Howard attended engineering and refrigeration schools and was assigned to the newly commissioned "USS Fisk" and rose to the rank of Fireman First Class.  It was during this time Howard and Mary Faye's  second daughter was born.  When his duty for his country was done, he returned home to Akron and continued to build his family and farm.
Howard enjoyed his community and served on many boards and committees.  He served on the Ashland School board, the Otis School board, Washington County Farm Bureau board, Washington County Schools Redistricting Committee, Washington County Pest Control and was an active member of the Akron Odd Fellow Lodge and Town and County Card Club.
Howard worked his son into the family farm and farmed until his retirement and the loss of his beloved mate, Mary Faye. He eventually moved into an assisted living apartment (The Legacy) in Sterling and later into Devonshire Nursing Home, where he was called home to the Lord on March 7, 2014. 
Howard was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Faye, his parents Robert Twiss and Inda Stecker Twiss of Otis, sisters: Opal and husband Raymond Earl of Wray, Doris and husband Joe Evans of Akron, Ruth and husband Glen Kalivoda of Pueblo, Louise and husband Johnny Barnhart of Akron, Katherine and husband Don Salter of Akron. Brothers:   Rex and wife Ruth Twiss of Wray, Edward and wife Shirley Twiss of Oregon.  Father-in-law Claude Funk and mother-in-law Faye Funk, Brothers - in-law Claude Funk  and wife Mary of Greeley, Leo and wife Lela Funk McCoy of Wray, Verle  and wife Doris Funk Lewton of Akron,  Ed McKee and wife Francis Funk McKee of California.
Left to mourn him are his daughters, Janice  and husband Ron Shook of Akron, Connie and husband Ed Corman of Otis, Linda and husband Jerry Kuntz of Atwood, and Rhonda and husband Tim Kuntz of Lone Star and son Thomas and wife Shirl Twiss of Otis.
He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 26 great grand children and 3 great great grand children and many nieces and nephews and numerous friends. 
A funeral service will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Akron.  A graveside service will be held the same day at the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado at 2:30 p.m. 
Memorials can be made to or Akron Methodist Church in his memory.
Published in AkronNewsReporter.com on Mar. 13, 2014
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