Robert William Howard
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Robert William Howard, 90, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on September 15, 2012, in Long Beach, California. Bob loved life, his family and friends. He loved and had full trust and faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Bob was a lifetime resident of Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Poly where he played on the 1939 and 1940 CIF Championship Basketball teams. He was honored as one of the top 100 major sporting events in Long Beach as the first CIF player of the year in 1939. He later attended Long Beach Junior College where he won state championships in 1941 and 1942 and made the All-state team both years. He was honored in the Emeritus class of the LBCC Hall of Champions. He then went on to play basketball for Oregon State and USC before joining the Marines in 1943. After serving his country, he returned to USC to finish his basketball career and received his Master's degree in Education, graduating in 1948. He was married to Jean Case (Howard) in 1949. In 1950 he began coaching and teaching at Lynwood High School where he would stay until he retired in 1988, serving as Basketball Coach and Athletic Director. In 1990, he went to work for the CIF Office serving as liaison for the LB/Whittier high school officials until retiring in 2011 at the age of 89. Bob's interests included basketball, golfing, Simone's donut group, reading Lois L' Amour novels, dancing and exercising at the gym. What Bob was best known for was his passion for life, his love for his family, his dedication to attend his grandchildren's sporting events and his deep faith in the Lord. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, a generous and loyal friend. His wife, Jean, preceded him in death in 1987 and is survived by his daughter, Laurie (Howard) Whalley; his son-in-law, John Whalley; son, John Howard; grandchildren, Allison Whalley (Wagner) and husband Nate; David Whalley and wife, Kara; Lindsay Whalley (Alker) and husband Nate; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Hudson, Beau Wagner and Jack Whalley. A celebration of his life will be held at Recreation Park 18 Golf Course on Monday, September 24th at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Children's Hospital or Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Sept. 20, 2012