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Bud was born June 1, 1930 in Clinton, Okla., to Fred and Jennie (Parrish) Howe.
Bud was a resident of the Ava community for several years. He served with the 45th Infantry Division in combat in Korea from 1950-1952.
On Aug. 12, 1954 Bud and Betty Lenaburg were united in marriage in Hobart, Okla., and to this union four children were born. Bud attended OSU, receiving a BS degree in forestry and range management. In 1958 he started his career with the U.S. Forest Service working first in Arizona, then transferring to Ava where he was assigned as District Ranger responsible for the management of the Mark Twain National Forest. He then transferred to Tallahassee, Fla., in 1975 and was responsible for the development and management of the rangeland on the three National Forests.
Retiring in 1983, he moved back to Ava to “The Ranch” that he loved. Some of the highlights of his forest service career include, the development of the Chadwick Recreational Use Area. He was also instrumental in starting a brush spraying campaign in southwest Missouri, which eventually opened up several thousand acres of grassland.
Bud loved his family and was a true friend to all who knew him. He will be truly missed.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and his daughter, Beverly Howe Merrill.
Bud is survived by his wife, Betty J. Howe, Bolivar, Mo.; three sons and their wives, Bob and Kathy Howe, Morrisville, Mo., Brian and Michelle Howe, Anchorage, Alaska, and Bart and Debbie Howe, Warrensburg, Mo.; son-in-law, Paul Merrill, Bellingham, Wash.; six grandchildren, Amy and husband Adam Carter, Calen, Tyler, Jennifer, Erin and Michael; and one great- granddaughter, Madalynn Carter; three brothers; three sisters; nieces; nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
At Bud’s request a graveside service was held Monday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at the Turkey Creek Cemetery, Ava, Mo., with full military honors by Douglas County American Legion Post 112 and Ava VFW Post 5993. Officiating was the Rev. Marvin Loftin. Memorials may be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Ava, Mo., at the funeral home.
Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. On line condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.