Howard Celander, aged 55, died unexpectedly on Sept. 12, 2009, of a heart attack. Howard was born to Harley and Josephine Celander in Miles City on June 23, 1954. He spent his younger years on the family ranch south of Baker.
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After graduating from Baker High School in 1973, he went to work in the oilfields around Baker. In time he worked his way up to become the regional manager for Signal Oilfield Service. On Sept. 24, 1977, Howard married Sharee Newell in Baker. Eventually his job took them to Casper, Wyo., where they lived for a number of years. While in Casper his two sons, Joseph and Joshua, were born. After his time in the oilfield, Howard moved to Bozeman, where he was employed in the construction business for many years.
Howard is survived by his two sons, Joe, of San Antonio, Texas, and Josh, of Bozeman; his beautiful granddaughter, Adisyn, of San Antonio; two sisters, Majorie (Ken) Lyons, of Pleasanton, Texas, and Barbara Rugg, of Sturgis S.D.; two brothers, Bob (Marilyn) of Seminole, Texas, and John, of Belgrade; one sister-in-law, Susan; one aunt, Vivian Celander of Baker; one uncle, Bill (Diane) Peterson, of Bozeman; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dennis and Ron; one brother-in-law, Keith Rugg; a niece, Heidi; and a nephew, Troy.
Howard was known as a hard-working and generous man who enjoyed, camping, fishing and bird watching. He loved the outdoors and all that nature had to offer. Some of his happiest times were times spent on the river or in the mountains around Bozeman. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Sadly we who knew and loved Howard have to say goodbye but we also know that he will never be forgotten. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be left at www.dokkennelson.com.
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 17, 2009