OBITUARY

Eddy Wesley Howard

September 3, 1946July 5, 2018

In loving memory of Eddy Wesley Howard

Eddy Wesley Howard passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2018, at his home in Carmichael, California with his loving and devoted wife by his side.

Eddy was born on September 3, 1946, in San Rafael, California. He grew up with his three siblings, Jim Howard, Tom Howard, and Diana Samonek. He is preceded in death by his father, Arthur W. Howard and his mother, Doris M. Howard.

He worked at Howard Van Lines, his family’s moving business until he was drafted in the United States Army to fight in the Vietnam war. He served from 1964-1967. Upon his return to the States, he continued working in his family's moving business until the business was sold and his parents retired. He then accepted a position working for Capitol Plywood as a truck driver delivering building products. He would retire from Capitol Plywood in 2011 after over thirty years of service.

He met the love of his life, Sharon Crabtree and the two were married September 23, 1967, in Sacramento, California. He and his wife had two children, Michael and Karie, and raised them in a beautiful home in Carmichael, California.

He was also blessed with seven wonderful grandchildren. Nathaniel, Deanna, Ryan, Jennifer, Zachary, Owen, and Levi.

He adored his family and they were always his top priority. Eddy loved muscle cars and the classics. He was the biggest kid and jokester that couldn't wait to get a laugh out of someone. You could always find him in his garage working on a project, chatting with his children, on his i-pad, or playing with his grandchildren.

After he retired he devoted his time to fixing cars, having fun with his grandchildren teaching them how to play pool, checkers, solitaire, and giving them rides on the tractor mower, swinging them from the tree swing in his front yard, and giving them rides on his motorized scooters.

He will be missed by all of us more than words could ever describe.

Visitation Services will be held on July 19, 2018 from 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Memorial Services will be held on July 21, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Services

  • Public Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

Eddy Wesley Howard

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Jim & Susan Hall

July 21, 2018

Me (Jim), Susan (my wife), and our two sons Landon (5) and Ryan (4)-- are Ed and Sharon's neighbors (and friends) a few houses down the street. We got to know both Ed and Sharon better a few years ago. It started with Howie, our chocolate lab- who cherished Ed (and Sharon too). Frequently, Howie would be in front of our house intentionally looking down the street and if Howie saw Ed in his wheelchair, he would tear down the street to visit, spend a good amount of time there. Ed told me at times, Howie would let himself in the house to hang out, he also enjoyed the snacks provided-- I could tell Ed enjoyed Howie's company, that made us feel good.
Several years ago our 5 and 4 yr old sons met Ed-- they really loved him (and Sharon too). They loved to visit, loved to ask Ed a lot of questions about his wheelchair and he would patiently let them beep his horn 'continuously'. Ed was always kind, encouraging, positive. A few weeks ago Ryan visited Ed, then came home to tell mommy about Eds leg, saying Ed told me "Eds leg went for a walk"- mommy didn't fully understand, but assumed Ryan noticed Ed had one leg for the first time and Ed was kidding, saying it went for a walk. Our kids really, really liked Ed, a lot. They always asked to visit, and I wish I said yes every time, now. They have talked about him almost daily since we learned of his passing, especially Landon- shares with us, how sad he is, and that he will miss Ed. We will miss him too, very much.--his laughing, joking, kindness- what sticks out the most for me at the moment is how I would mention the challenges of our sons (HFAutism), and Ed's response often, " he is going to be alright, he's a great kid"-- it what nice to hear. Thank you, Ed. Ed's loss has impacted us greatly. We will miss him dearly and our sons will too. We'll be there for you Sharon, hope you don't mind continued visit; chat, hang out-- boys said they'd love to see pictures of Ed, they've asked. We loved Ed, and love you Sharon.

Jim & Susan Hall

July 21, 2018

Me (Jim), Susan (my wife), and our two sons Landon (5) and Ryan (4)-- are Ed and Sharon's neighbors (and friends) a few houses down the street. We got to know both Ed and Sharon better a few years ago. It started with Howie, our chocolate lab- who cherished Ed (and Sharon too). Frequently, Howie would be in front of our house intentionally looking down the street and if Howie saw Ed in his wheelchair, he would tear down the street to visit, spend a good amount of time there. Ed told me at times, Howie would let himself in the house to hang out, he also enjoyed the snacks provided-- I could tell Ed enjoyed Howie's company, that made us feel good.
Several years ago our 5 and 4 yr old sons met Ed-- they really loved him (and Sharon too). They loved to visit, loved to ask Ed a lot of questions about his wheelchair and he would patiently let them beep his horn 'continuously'. Ed was always kind, encouraging, positive. A few weeks ago Ryan visited Ed, then came home to tell mommy about Eds leg, saying Ed told me "Eds leg went for a walk"- mommy didn't fully understand, but assumed Ryan noticed Ed had one leg for the first time and Ed was kidding, saying it went for a walk. Our kids really, really liked Ed, a lot. They always asked to visit, and I wish I said yes every time, now. They have talked about him almost daily since we learned of his passing, especially Landon- shares with us, how sad he is, and that he will miss Ed. We will miss him too, very much.--his laughing, joking, kindness- what sticks out the most for me at the moment is how I would mention the challenges of our sons (HFAutism), and Ed's response often, " he is going to be alright, he's a great kid"-- it what nice to hear. Thank you, Ed. Ed's loss has impacted us greatly. We will miss him dearly and our sons will too. We'll be there for you Sharon, hope you don't mind continued visit; chat, hang out-- boys said they'd love to see pictures of Ed, they've asked. We loved Ed, and love you Sharon.

Linda Zehner

July 17, 2018

To Eddy’s family,
I remember Eddy from my teenage years when Tom and Lorie were first married. He was cute, friendly with the sweetest smile. He made a lasting impression upon me. I am feeling sadness for his passing.
Linda Zehner

Carrol (Avara) Ohlsen

July 16, 2018

When we were kids in high school there were all the kids in the neighborhood would ride scooters, play tag and playing till our parents would call us in. The trick or treat time was the most fun, we had scavenger hunts to gathers things not candy. Eddy will be truly missed. RIP

Irene Perez

July 12, 2018

With a sad heart I send my deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Eddy will be greatly missed. He left us with grand memories to sustain us as we continue with him in Heaven. It's not goodby but till I see you again.

Dolores Howard

July 11, 2018

To Sharon,
Memories of Eddy ....
of happy times,
of joyful smiles,
of hearty laughter,
and caring words
Help you through this sorrowful
time. Comfort comes in knowing
death is not the end. Those who die
in Christ will live eternally.

Jennifer Howard

July 10, 2018

My favorite memory of my Papa is when he taught me how to play checkers. He said that he would teach me all the strategies on how to win. Papa taught me so well that when he wasn't paying attention to his own lesson about checkers, I jumped him four times over and won the game!

Papa also let me put pony tails in his hair and do his nails. He even watched some of my dolls when I went back home. He would text me and let me know that he was feeding them, playing with them, and making sure they listened.

I will miss my Papa a lot.

I love you!
Jennifer

Karie Howard

July 10, 2018

I miss you and love you so very much!

My favorite time with you was going with you to work. Getting up at 2:00 a.m. and being up so early in the morning when no one else was out and about was such a wonderful feeling of peacefulness and getting to spend time with you talking and laughing like crazy at things such as how cold it was outside that I couldn't even tie down the truck! I remember how big I felt sitting in that truck and being overjoyed and looking forward to getting to go with you for the day so I could be spoiled. I think about the breakfasts that we would have and laugh today because Hostess cupcakes and Coke was probably not Mom's idea of a great breakfast, nor were the greasy burgers we would find at random places along the way. When I couldn't go to work with you, I remember you used to bring me home these little watermelon candies that we once found. One time you bought a whole case for me! You also would love the names that I gave to the businesses that we delivered to and would use those names when you came home to tell me where you went that day. These times were so special to me and I will always remember them and tell the story's to my daughter.
I love you so much Dad!
Karie