Kelly Haze Howard Delton Kelly Haze Howard 58, of Delton passed away February 28, 2013 after a lengthy illness, with his loving family by his side. Born on January 4, 1955 in Battle Creek to Willie and Gola (Bowlin) Howard . He joined and served during the Vietnam Era in the Army over in Germany at the young age of 17 from 1972 thru 1975, graduating from St. Mary's High school in Colorado Springs Colorado in 1974. A lifelong resident of Battle Creek, he moved to Coldwater, Michigan where he worked at the Midwest Foundry. His first marriage to Sherry Howard (O'Connor) ended in 1979; however he remained close to those family members throughout his life. Kelly gave 29 years of government services to his Veteran Brothers', retiring from the VA medical Center in 2005 due to ill health. While employed Kelly fought many years for the rights of others ensuring fair and equal treatment to all he served, working as Union Stewart, Chief Stewart and eventually as President of AFGE Local 1629, retiring as Employee Relations Specialist the last 4 years of his career. Kelly lived for his family; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting and sharpening knives. He played poker every Saturday night for the last 25+ years with his brothers of other mothers; Jim Bennett, George Bynum and Steve Willey. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Pamela J. (Cheever) Howard, daughters; Belinda Andrews, Jacquieline (Justin) Goebel of Warsaw, Indiana, Chelsea (Andrew) Sears of Sterling Heights, MI. and Cortni Howard of Delton. Sisters Janice (Ted) Poniedzielski of Kentwood, MI., Anna Lee Asher of Keavy, Kentucky, brother Leighman (Mildred) Howard of Burnstadt, Kentucky. Step mother Beulah Howard, step brothers Charlie, William and Ron Fox all of Keavy, Kentucky.Seven grandchildren; Brooke, Kasey, Brittainy, Austin, Corah, Zachariah and Mason and one great grandson Benjamin. Several special nieces, nephews, numerous great nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Martha Stovall, Naoma Browning, Fern Dill and a brother Bill Henry Howard. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, 223 N. Bedford Rd. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow, with honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Vietnam Veterans of America. Visit Kelly's web page at www.bachmanhebble.com.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 3, 2013