Harold Howard

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HAROLD "HAL" LLOYD HOWARD
Dec. 20, 1927 - Sept. 8, 2013

Babe, as his mother called him, was born in Rea, Missouri to Amber Pauline and John Lenwood Howard. He was the second of five children: older brother Sonny, young brother Dean and little sisters Charlene and Connie. Hal and best friend, Lloydie Roberts, enlisted five months before graduation of high school in Rosendale, MO. Their diplomas were awarded despite their absence. Until last year he traveled every summer to attend his high school class reunion.

Hal proudly served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he relocated to Southern California and was employed as a valet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When asked, Hal would share stories of driving famous customers home, such as Howard Hughes. His completion of business college lead to a job at 20th Century Fox.

In 1964 an opportunity allowed him to purchase the McLogan Supply Company in Los Angeles. For more than 20 years he built his business into one of the leaders in the printing supply industry. It is still a successfully owned family business, now with four locations in Southern California.

Golf was his passion and he played for many years at Porter Valley Country Club. He and his wife, Joan, were fortunate to travel the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, playing lots of golf and making friends. A highlight was playing at the birth place of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland. In addition to golf, he and brother, Dean, were on a bowling team for years. Hal loved jet skiing, line dancing and flying his plane.

Hal passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home in Llano, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. He had a life well lived.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Sonny. Hal is survived by his siblings, Dean, Charlene and Connie. He is also survived by his children, Lynn Cheatham of Ferndale, WA, Jayne Hendricks (Scott) of Aqua Dulce, CA, and Jim Howard (Linda) of Granada Hills, CA; his loving wife, Joan Bell Howard, and her children, Jen Waltrip (Dale) of Pittsburg, TX, Claire Fitiausi of Hanford, CA, and Chris Montgomery of Weatherford, TX; grandchildren, Patty (Carl), Ron (Shawna), Jason (Amanda), Joey (Ashley), Matthew, Elizabeth, Alexandra, James, Matthew and Georgia; great grandchildren, Quinn, Owen, Avery, Reese and Grayson; many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Hal's life will take place on Saturday, September 14th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,. at the Country Mobile Estates Club House, 16754 E. Avenue X, Llano, CA. His military honors will take place at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the . Please visit www.HOMPalmdale.com to sign the guestbook and share a memory. Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Palmdale
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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Sept. 12, 2013
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