William N. "Bill" Howell
Bill was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by Robert Evan and Jacqueline Pineau Howell. He enrolled at Texas Western College (University of Texas at El Paso) in the College of Engineering where he began his lifelong love for the mining industry and all things related.
He treasured his family and the hundreds of friends he met throughout his mining career. Special memories in his life include his summer in Kellogg, ID in 1966 and his time at the underground copper mine in San Manuel, AZ.
Bill loved bird hunting, reloading, camping, reading, barbecuing, traveling on as many dirt roads as possible to his destinations, searching for and photographing headframes, old mines, claims.
He lived a full and wonderful life and said he had done all the important things in life to him, with no regrets.
Bill is survived by his wife Myrna A. Howell, mother Jacqueline Pineau Howell, sisters Mary Gwendolyn (Hugh) Hodgins, Jacqueline Lea (David) Try, Jennifer Lea (Richard) Miller, sons Robert Benjamin and Barrett Denison (Amber) Howell, stepchildren Richard Robert (Michelle) Harris, Jr., Staci Anne (Timothy) Bott, Randall Charles (Tamara) Harris, seven grandchildren, sisters-in-law Patricia A. Cook, Carol J. Pounds, Elaine A. (JJ) Hunter, brother-in-law Joseph A. (Sherrie) Parent, III, numerous nephews and nieces, and special high school and college friends David Tyson, Jack Light and Richard Morris. He was predeceased by his father Robert Evan Howell and his nephew Kyle Evan Try. Those he considered to be his treasured friends in the mining industry are too numerous to list.
No services are planned. The family suggests, to those who would like to place a memorial in Bill's name, to do so to: San Xavier Student Mine, c/o MGE Dept., Mines 229, P. O. Box 210012, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0012.
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Published by Elko Daily from Jan. 26 to Feb. 26, 2009.
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Like so many others, Bill will be missed. I didn't know Bill for a long time, talked to him a few times, and always walked away thinking...the Ole boy has been around. He was a walking book when it came to mining. Many years of back beating experience. He was always so great towards my family. That meant allot to me. I'll miss seeing him. And yes, Bill, thanks for the press. It goes well with my collection of Herters reloading presses. Not allot of those around. We lost a good man. The void can not be filled. Thank you Myrna for all you have given to my family. You'll never know just how much. We love you. We are around if you need us. Thanks. Donald Baty and Family.
Donald Baty
February 24, 2009
I worked with Bill professionally for 3-4 years and have the highest respect for him as a miner, manager and mentor. I still have the letter he sent me when I changed jobs. I will always remember his comments of encouragement and thankful he took the time to write that letter.
Ken Morgan
February 5, 2009
For my wonderful "sister"-in-law. You have always amazed me on how strong you are. You are such an inspiration to me. I know from all the years together and all our talks when our children were growing up you would find a wonderful man as Bill. I know how much he made you happy and made your life complete. He really was so fun to be around. I'm sure our (Harris) Christmas' were such a surprise to him at first, but he sure did fit right in. Remember you have lots of friends and family that love you so much to give you support in this trying time. My thoughts and prayers are always with you as are David's and Charlie's. I only wish I could be there in person to give you hugs. All my love, Lynne
Lynne (Harris) Gurthet
February 2, 2009
Aunt Myrna,
I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. He was an amazing Uncle and mentor. I will always remember the time he took mom and I to the mine and we went underground. That was so incredible. You will be in my prayers
Claire Try
January 29, 2009
Bill and I went to college together and worked together on several jobs. We camped, hunted, fished and shot sporting clays. Bill was always a pleasure to be around. I miss him a lot.
Jack Light
January 29, 2009
So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I worked around him for awhile at Newmont and was very fond of his smile and integrity. You could count on Bill! He was a giver and it was truly a pleasure knowing him. May your memories sustain you through the hard times Myrna. God Bless!
Sandy Backherms
January 29, 2009
My thoughts are with you Myrna. I have many fond memories of Bill and his interactions with Magma's workforce. He will be missed by all.
Edward Thomas
January 28, 2009
Although I only worked with Bill for less than a year he had a very large impact on me, first as a human being and second as a miner. Bill was a good man.
Brent Kristof
January 27, 2009
Bill will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We have great memories of him on several projects. He will be greatly missed.
Eddie and Donna Griffith
January 27, 2009
Bill was a great guy and a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.
Stan and Kay Griffith
January 27, 2009
Bill has been and will always be an inspiration to me on how to conduct yourself through life. He taught me so much about mining and living. I will always remember Bill with his happy smile and great attitude. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Ron & Dee Lofgreen
January 27, 2009
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. “Bill” will remain in our hearts forever. Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
Debbie & Dave King
Debbie King
January 27, 2009
I remember the first time I met Uncle Bill at Grandma and Grandpa's. He had a joke to tell and a smile on his face. That's the part I remember most, his ready smile.
Marcy Fryling
January 27, 2009
May God guide and keep you in this time of need. Bill will be missed by many but never forgotten. His memories will remain in our hearts forever. We send our love and prayers.
Dave & Patricia Hartman
January 27, 2009
Please share your memories with me. Bill was a wonderful man and these memories help.
Myrna Howell
January 27, 2009

You will be missed!!

Harold Newman
January 27, 2009