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Howard James Wilwerding

July 5, 1936May 18, 2020

Howard (Howie) James Wilwerding (83) was born in Earling, Iowa on July 5, 1936, to Isador and Helen (Scheuring) Wilwerding. Howard passed away May 18, 2020 in Boca Raton, Florida. Howard was raised on the family farm and attended St. Joseph’s School, graduating in 1955. After graduation Howie attended Omaha Technical School and was employed at Motor City and Rosen-Novak in Omaha. On April 30, 1960 he was united in marriage to Nancy Jean Henning of Harlan, Iowa. Together they operated the Dairy Mart in Manilla, Iowa. In 1961 they returned to Omaha where Howie went to work at Redshaw Paint Company while attending Radio Engineering Institute. In 1967 he became a body and fender instructor for Iowa Western Community College. Along with his natural abilities, knowledge of cars and completing a Dale Carnegie course he was hired by Fisher Body to become a General Motors Training Center instructor in Omaha/Kansas City. In 1971 Howie was transferred to the Atlanta/Jacksonville Training Center and resided in Jacksonville, Florida until 1976. While in Jacksonville he kept very busy between traveling for work and managing the community pool. In 1976 he was promoted to Zone Service Manager in the Washington, DC area and relocated to Burke, Virginia. His new position offered some exciting opportunities including traveling to Italy regarding the Cadillac Allante and participating in President Regan’s Inaugural MotorCade. He enjoyed coaching soccer, basketball, camping with the Boy Scouts and creating winning Pinewood Derby cars for scouts. Family favorites were camping, canoeing, hiking, cross country trips and sightseeing. In 1987 he was promoted to Senior Field Service Engineer - Body with the Cadillac Motor Car Division covering the southeast region of the country and relocated to Boca Raton, Fl. After retirement he returned to the automotive industry part time working for EAA. He became an avid golfer, enjoyed volunteering at the golf course and at Pro-Am Golf Tournaments. He attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Boca Raton and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was lovingly known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and they will always remember their trips to the golf course, airboat rides and looking for alligators in the Everglades. Along with his witty sense of humor and vivid imagination he entertained his family with many stories about alligators, cats and lizards. Howard had an amazing ability to repair, fix and build just about anything. He always loved returning to Iowa to visit family, friends and sharing his life on the farm with his kids and grandkids. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Eddie and Bernie, sisters-in-law, Grace Wilwerding, Alma (Fudd) Wilwerding, Alma Wilwerding and brother-in-law Larry Larrison. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Nancy, his children Debbie (Donny) Lake of Greensboro, NC, Jeanne Hodgden of Orange Park, Fl and Daniel Wilwerding of Boca Raton, Fl; sister Jan (Sis) Larrison of Defiance, Iowa; sisters-in-law Mary Wilwerding, Jan Mendel, Alice (John) Evans; grandchildren Jessica and Joey Hodgden, Drew, Troy, Alissa, and Jenna Lake; great-grandson Bryson Hodgden; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A service will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Howard James Wilwerding

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Janice and John Marut

May 30, 2020

John and I were also neighbors in Burke, VA. We are so sorry for your loss.

Harriett Dame

May 30, 2020

Howie and Nancy were our neighbors back in the 70's and early 80's and our kids played together all the time - at least the girls did. Around Thanksgiving when the Nebraska and Oklahoma teams played football there was a six-pack of beer that went back and forth across the street depending on who won. Those days were lots of fun and it was a great place to have our kids grow up. Assuming they have swim meets up in heaven, we'll all be there rooting our kids on. Those were such good days!

Susan Faulkner

May 29, 2020

Jeanne-I am so sorry for your loss. This will be one of the hardest things you will have to do in your life and I wish I could ease your pain. Try to be strong for your mom. May your memories bring you happiness.💕

Ray Turpen

May 29, 2020

Great memories, fun deer hunting trips to the sandhills in western Nebraska. Golf outings at Harlan, Ia.,and crabbing in Jacksonville area.
Thanks for the memories.

Daniel Wilwerding

May 26, 2020

As part of his 82nd birthday we took him on a road trip across Florida. We drove the Scenic Tamiami Trail that connects Miami to Naples on the west coast. Along the way we stopped at the Miccosukee Indian Village for a tour and alligator show. Although it was not easy on dad to walk around and it was quite hot he loved the alligator show. In the end he was able to hold a young alligator and it really made his day.


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