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Frank W. Howell

HANOVER Frank W. Howell, 93, passed peacefully with his daughter and family by his side on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Homewood at Plum Creek in Hanover. He was the husband of Ruth Eileene (Lane) Howell, his wife of 62 years, who died November 5, 2009. Born October 16, 1919, in Ambridge, he was the son of the late John and Anna Rose (Bialis) Holefka. Frank was a member of Hanover Community Church. He was a graduate of Case Institute, and a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre, where he flew the P-51 Mustang performing photo recon and logging over 2000 flying hours. He was also a test pilot for new aircraft which was being put into service during his time in the military. He retired as a senior power engineer for ALCOA Aluminum and built power plants all across the world. Together, with his wife, he owned and operated the Valley Green Golf Course in Greensburg. Frank was a professional golfer and qualified, as well as officiated, for the PGA Golf Tour. At 80 years of age he often commented how he could shoot his age in golf. In 2001 at the age of 81, the Gettysburg Times awarded him the "coach of the year" award for coaching the Delone Catholic High School golf team. Surviving are his daughter, Christine Repasky and her husband, John of Hanover; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Andy Repasky and his wife, Michelle, and their children, Kayla and Brady, Kevin Repasky and his wife, Christy, and their children, Madison, Reagan, and Levi, Anna Frock and her husband, Terry, and their children, Jacob and Zeke, and Brian Repasky and his wife, Kristen, and their children, Abigail and Ethan; and a brother, Rudy Howell of Warren, Ohio. A celebration of Life Service will be held 5 p.m. Sunday at Hanover Community Church, 1959 Smith Station Road, Hanover, with Pastor Scott A. Brown officiating. Burial will be private. Friends and relatives will be received Sunday 4 to 5 p.m. at the church. Serving as pallbearers will be his son-in-law, John Repasky, his grandsons, Andy, Kevin, and Brian Repasky, and his great-grandson, Brady Repasky. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.murphyfuneralhomeinc.com

Published in Evening Sun on Apr. 19, 2013
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