SMETHPORT - Gary L. Howes Sr., 69, of Smethport, died Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2016) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
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He was born Oct. 14, 1946 in Bradford, a son of Truman and Helen Kehoe Howes. On Feb. 10, 1968, in Bradford, he married Anne Marie Tanner, who survives.
Mr. Howes was a 1965 graduate of Bradford High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam.
He worked for Kendall, then Witco, and ultimately, ARG, in Bradford for 36 years.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #108 of Bradford, was a Mason belonging to the Masonic Union Lodge #334, was a Deputy Game Warden for 13 years, a member of the Special Police, was a past member of the Rew Volunteer Fire Department, and played Santa Claus on WESB radio for two years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son: Gary (Rachel) Howes Jr. of Smethport; seven grandchildren, Cliff, Katelynn, John, Sam, Joe, Tyler and Michael; two great-grandchildren: Nadalee and Clifford Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters: Heather Howes and Emily Sue McCrobie; and two brothers.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Bradford. There will be a luncheon following the service at the church. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford at a later date and time with the family.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or Emanuel Lutheran Church, 152 Seaward Ave., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, 2016