Ray Calvin Howell, 87, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012. Born March 10, 1925 in Bethany, Nebraska; he was a son of the late Paul Washington Howell, Sr. and Ossie James Howell. Ray was a WWII veteran; serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945 on the carrier USS Guadalcanal CVE-60 and took part in the capture of the German submarine U505. He was the owner and operator of Howellâ€™s Electric Motor Repair and Well Drilling of Bedford. Ray was active in the Bedford community; a member of Bedford Christian Church, Bedford Lionâ€™s Club, founding and continued member for 50 years of the Little Switzerland Hunt Club, a Boy Scout leader, a former Elk, and former President of the Bedford Country Club. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by brothers, Jack Howell and James Howell, and sisters, Lucille Howell and Catherine Cook. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Oneeda Underwood Howell; son, Stephen Lee Howell and wife, Regina of Union Bridge, MD; daughter, Dana Howell Tuck and husband, David of Forest; grandchildren, Jason Jones and wife, Beth, Jody Jones and wife, Christy, Jessica Roberts and husband, Andy, Adam Howell, Samantha Howell, Sierra Howell; five great-grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his brother Paul Howell and wife, Sandra of Bedford and sister-in-law, Glenna Lee and husband, Claude of Vinton, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Boonsboro Fire & Rescue Squad, 1065 Lee Jackson Highway, Lynchburg, VA 24503. A Memorial service will be conducted 1 pm, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in the Chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford, with Rev. Rick Dellinger officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service. Interment will be private. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, (540)-586-3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2012