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-Harry Oliver Howard passed away peacefully on April 5, 2013. A Celebration of Harry's life will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday, April 13th, at Dale Woodward Funeral Home,167 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, FL with Dr. Jerry Pounds officiating. Harry, a lifelong Floridian, was born in Miami, Florida, on May 12, 1931. He learned electrical engineering as a young man while in the Army and later worked for 33 years as the chief engineer of Motor Racing Network, a division of Daytona International Speedway. Harry was proud of his work and enjoyed a position that allowed him to travel all over the country, broadcasting NASCAR races. He worked for MRN until his retirement in 2007. While in the Army, he served in Germany until 1952. For much of his early career, Harry worked on NASA projects, including the Atlas ballistic missile program (Cape Canaveral, Florida; Roswell, New Mexico; San Diego, California) and the Apollo Moon Landing (Cape Canaveral). A proud, self-taught intellectual and voracious reader, Harry's interests included works of Shakespeare, books about the life of Winston Churchill, World War II history, cooking, gardening, and crossword puzzles. He loved the landscape and history of Central Florida and often reminisced about fishing on the Ocklawaha River and exploring the area as a young man. Harry is survived by a large and loving family, including his wife of twenty-five years, CeCe Howard; daughter Lisa Stone; granddaughters Kristen Stone, Lauren Stone Humphries, Jenny Stone; great-granddaughter Luthien Humphries; sisters Dorothy Smith (Horace), Barbara Wall, Laurie McLean (Jim),
Norma Cooper (Ralph), Linda Frank (Harvey) , Sandra
Gadsden (Tom), brother Chris Howard; sisters-in-law Floy Ivey and Anita Carroll; brothers-in-law William Humphrey (Karen) and Jose Humphrey (Jody); and his dear friends Paul and Sylvia Horvath and their sons. His family thanks Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129, for the extraordinary and gentle care during Harry's last days. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the above organization or at HOVF.ORG Online condolences may be shared at www.DaleWoodwardFuneralHomes.com
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 10, 2013