OBITUARY

Raymond Howard

May 4, 1947December 7, 2020
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Raymond “Ray” Howard, born May4, 1947 to Booker T. Howard and Pearlie Mae Golden in New Albany, Mississippi. Ray became an operating engineer with Local 150 for 30 years. He retired in February 2004 after 22 years of service with the City of Chicago, Department of Sewers. Ray was a diehard Chicago Bears fan. It did not matter if they would win or lose. He was just thrilled to see them play. Ray referred to himself as a food critic. He was a connoisseur of sorts. He loved to eat and loved to travel. Ray was known as the best grill master on the block. He was a very exciting individual and loved by all.

Ray made his transition on Monday, December 7, 2020. Ray was proceeded in death by his parents, aunt and Uncle William and Mattie Golden that raised him from age 11, Cousin Gloria and brother in law Cecilio.

Ray leaves behind to cherish his memory, loving wife Ethel Howard, children Marcel (Patricia), Ramona (fiancé Edward), Gregory Sr., Arnell Sr. (Vanessa, Ariede, Cecilia, Rickey; grand children Octavia, Amanee, Kenny, Kenya, Gregory Jr., Kiera, Korey, Raven, Trennace, Sharde, Seville, Arnell Jr., Naomi, Jeremiah, Constance, DaeShawn, Karin, Nakya, Cecilio; 14 great grandchildren, brother James; Sisters in law Marcelina and Catherine along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Kenya Johnson

December 16, 2020

Grandpa!
I will forever cherish all the memories we have shared. The summer time stays, random visits to the city to visit you and Gma Ethel. I’m especially going to miss you calling my brother Kenny! Growing up I thought that was hilarious because that’s not even his name. I’m very grateful you were able to meet my son (Papa) and have a bond with him. Watch over your children and Gma Ethel they need you the most. I love you grandpa Raymond ❤️

Edward Compton

December 16, 2020

Seems like yesterday that me and Ramona drove over to Chicago to spend Ramona's birthday with you (her father.) I'll never forget the love, laughter and pure joy that we shared that day! Moreover; I'll always remember that sincere and honorable look in your eyes when I asked to marry your daughter, I promised then and I renew that promise today; I'll always be an standup husband and or family member/provider to your babygirl as long as I live. It is my pleasure to have met and gotten such an approval from you. I'll always remember that spinach pizza you loved so much and who could ever forget that bright smile! Job well done Mr. Howard! We can rest assured you're walking through those heavenly gates. May this great soul rest in heavenly peace.

Tom James

December 15, 2020

Had the pleasure of working with Ray for many years. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do or try to get the job done. A great operator and taught me a few things on how to work smart. Had a lot of fun working together too. Rest in peace my friend. 🙏

Marcel Howard

December 14, 2020

Marcel Howard

December 14, 2020

Marcel Howard

December 14, 2020

I'm Ray oldest son Marcel, with so many memories, both good and sad but one in particular is the time that I cheered on the Green Bay Packers (for the record I liked Reggie White). If anyone knows my dad, he LOVES his Bears , needless to say the Fackers won the superbowl that year and Ray didnt want anything to do with me.
Talking about cold shoulder, we eventually decided that family was more important but he reminded me that the Howards are Bear fans or else.

Shayala Daniels

December 14, 2020

I'm so thankful that I was blessed to meet you.

Gregory howard

December 14, 2020

I have a Lotta great memories of my dad but one sticks out the most is in 2012 pops came down to Houston and all he could talk about was how he wanted some tamales for those three days are tamales tamales tamales he love to eat I try real hard to find my dad some tamales lol. Although I couldn’t get no tamales dad kept a smile on his face never saw him get angry we will always talk about life he will give me knowledge and wisdomEvery time we talked on the phone or when I would visit him in Chicago I say all this to say life is a series of moments and moments pass so let’s make this one last I love you pops thank you for all the memories you gave me and most importantly thank you for telling me you love me Drop the Mic ........

Ethel Howard

December 14, 2020

Ray it doesn’t seem real, I keep waiting for you to come back from playing the lottery or going to the store. I’m already missing you getting on my nerves like before we go to sleep you kissing me and asking me what we were having for dinner the next day and me yelling at you cause I didn’t even know what we was gonna have for breakfast or when I would be mopping the floors here you come to make a sandwich or something just to get on my nerves. We have so many memories that I will hold deep in my heart. Ray you are my lover, my soulmate and my best friend, you made me a Howard which I was so proud to be and will be forever. There will never be another you. You will always be my King.

Ramona Howard

December 14, 2020

I love my father he was a great man with alot of laughter and knowledge. I will miss him so much. Love you dad., Ramona Howard your twin

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