LAKELAND - James Edwin Howe, 80, of Lakeland, Florida, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from complications of congestive heart failure.
Born December 30, 1932, in Bradford, PA, Jim was a resident of Polk County, Florida, for the past 40 years, most recently at Azalea Park in Lakeland.
After graduating from Florida State University, Jim joined the Air Force in Lake Charles, LA. He trained at Quantico, VA, for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1962 and was assigned to offices in Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, and Jackson. His training in investigative work led him to many years of employment at Winn Dixie in risk management. He retired from Scotty's as Vice President of Human Resources and Security.
Jim was a man of many talents and interests. He was a nature lover, bird watcher, painter, and rock and gem lapidarian. Most important to him was his time with family, and they enjoyed many camping and fishing trips together. Always a giving man, Jim volunteered at the Plant City Library to teach adults to read and received great enjoyment in sharing the gift of literacy with others. Probably his most notable characteristic was his dry wit and humor. Jim always was a great storyteller and had a gift for making people laugh.
Jim was married to Jane Ritter Howe for 33 years until her death in December of 1992. He was a loving husband and is survived by his three children: Kristen Kuikahi (Kui), James E. Howe, II, (Jo), and Kenneth Howe (Carol). He was the proud grandfather of Maile, Brittany, Jimmy, Kaylee, Sadie, Joleen, and Ritter. He is predeceased by his parents and his sisters Gloria Perry and Ruth Weidner. Jim is also predeceased by his second wife Ann Corcoran Howe.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday, 2:00 pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd.