Howard Richard Padgett, 73, passed away unexpectedly to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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He celebrated his golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 18, 2012, with his beloved wife, Estella, whom he adored from the moment he met her. After a two week courtship, he proposed marriage and she accepted. They were married at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Louisville's West End, where they both grew up.
Howard was the loving and proud father of six children and devoted grandfather to seven grandchildren. As the oldest of 11 siblings, he had 18 nieces and nine nephews.
Howard was born July 4, 1939, in Muldraugh and was a lifelong resident of Louisville. He was Catholic and belonged to Mary Queen of Peace Parish, where he served on the parish council. He attended St. Denis Grade School, Bishop Flaget High School and Butler High School. Howard was a retired foreman for Loudon Sheet Metal and a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 110. He applied his trade to many of the large commercial structures throughout the Louisville region.
Howard was a compassionate person and a man of courage and particularly enjoyed helping the less fortunate. Volunteerism played an important role in his life. He dedicated time to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul helping feed the poor. He never met a stranger and was a prolific storyteller just like his father. He loved being outdoors in nature, gardening, reading and thoroughbred horse racing and he was a dedicated fan of both the University of Louisville Cardinals and Bellarmine University Knights men's and women's teams. He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and lifelong democrat.
Howard was preceded in his death by his parents, Wilbur Anthony Padgett and Mary Lee Zweydoff; and two sisters, Clara Knauer and Jean McDowell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Estella Bailey; six children, Paula Evans (Greg), Laura, Dale (Darlisa) of New Hope, Pa., Craig, Kelly Kirwan (Jody) and Christopher (Brian Voelker); seven grand-children, Ashley, Jack, Justin, Daniel, Erin, Kayla and Andrew; four brothers, James (Catherine), Charles (Evelyn), Wilbur (Linda) and Kenneth (Darlene); four sisters, Mary Frances Padgett, Carolyn Ann Hart (Ted), Sylvia Bennett (Jerry) and Nancy Sego (Michael); and many loving cousins and extended family members.
A funeral Mass celebrating his life is Wednesday, April 10, at Mary Queen of Peace (St. Helen Campus), 4005 Dixie Highway, Louisville. Burial follows in Louisville Memorial Gardens West.
Ratterman Grand Chapels, 4832 Cane Run Road, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.
Donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help feed the poor or a gift of your time and talent to someone in need would be very meaningful to Howard and reflect his generosity of spirit.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Apr. 10, 2013