James Howell

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Nov. 1, 2012

James "Jim" Howell, 53, of Harveys Lake, succumbed to illness at home on Nov. 1, 2012.

Born on April 4, 1959, he was a son of Harry Howell of Dallas and the late Ruth Elston Howell of Dallas.

He was a graduate of Dallas High School and attended Penn State University.

Jim thrived on his work, serving as senior vice president of Quality Collision Inc. and previously as body shop manager at MotorWorld.

Jim was an avid hunter. He was meticulous at woodworking and restoring his 1950 Chevy, and a capable guitarist whose favorite bands crossed decades and genres. Jim has a long history with motorcycles beginning with his first dirt bike as a boy and graduating to a vintage Harley.

Surviving in, addition to his father, are his wife, the former Shela Weikel; stepchildren, Jessie and James Dengler, of Ashland; granddaughter, Izabela Holloman; sisters Linda (Joseph) Sofia, of Washington, N.J.; Nancy (Ralph) Ide of Nescopeck; nephews, Nathan Ide, Justin Sofia; nieces, Lauren Castelli, Gina Papp, Sarah and Kaitlyn Ide; his beloved dogs, Bear and Fancy.

Jim's funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with his brother-in-law, Ralph Ide, officiating. Interment will be in the Huntsville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the Medical Oncology Associates for the excellent care Jim received. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MOA Prescription Drug Assistance Program, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18702. Online condolences may be made at

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 3, 2012