Henry L. Howe, 85, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went home to Heaven on November 12th, 2015, in Mount Vernon. Hank is now with his Savior Jesus Christ. The son of Lee Howe and Nora Belle Wooley, he was born on June 20th, 1930, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Hank grew up in Bellingham, WA, and graduated in 1948 from Bellingham HS, where he was active in Young Life. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible for 2 years, then returned to Bellingham to pursue a Degree in Education (1951-54) at WWU, where he was Student Body President. During this time, he had 2 sons and a daughter from his first marriage. He later earned a Master's Degree. While living and teaching in Whittier, CA, Hank went to visit a church one Sunday and saw Ginny in the choir - they met and the connection was immediate - lasting 57 years! They married and moved to Bellevue, WA, where he taught junior high math and science for many years. Hank was president of the Bellevue Ed. Association and on the Board for WA Ed. Association. He also worked in Real Estate and Insurance. Hank was a talented singer/soloist, sang in a gospel quartet, and sang in many churches up until age 80. He was active with an outgoing, positive, witty personality that will be missed. Hank hunted deer and elk, enjoyed golf, basketball, most all sports, and especially loved being with family. He enjoyed many years living on the water, boating & waterskiing on Lake Sammamish, Redmond, then after he retired, moved to a waterfront home in Hansville, Wa, boating & crabbing on the salt water. He and Ginny had many wonderful travel experiences to the island of Maui, and also 3 trips to Europe, one which they chaperoned 19 high school students. They also spent warm winters in the California desert, near Palm Springs, and Hank especially loved his little getaway on Lake McMurray. He and Ginny moved to Mount Vernon in 2013. Hank is survived by his wife, Virginia "Ginny", 3 children; Dan Howe (Marilyn) of Vancouver, Wa, Steve Howe (Julie) of Bellevue, and Connie Shultz (John) of Mount Vernon, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Also, nieces & nephews, plus a myriad of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Zelda & Myrtle and brother Travis. A very special thank you to the caring staff at Ashley Gardens and Hospice. A Celebration of Hank's Life is planned for January.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Nov. 29, 2015