Donald E Howard

September 3, 1931January 22, 2023
Obituary of Donald E Howard
Donald E. Howard, Grove City, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 22nd, 2023. Donald was born September 3rd, 1931, as the second of three children to Walter and Virginia (Slate) Howard on a farm near Adams Mills, Ohio. From his very early years through high school, he worked daily with his siblings on the larger area farms. He attended the 2-room elementary school of Adams Mills, followed by six years at the Dresden, Ohio Jefferson High School (Tri-Valley High School), graduating in 1949. Donald graduated from The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Donald served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, where he served four years in the 27th Statistical Services Flight of the Alaskan Air Command on Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska. Following discharge in October 1955, Donald continued in what would become a 39-year career in mainframe computer data processing management, beginning with IBM Corporation, followed by the Ohio Department of Liquor Control, and lastly with the Columbus Janitrol Aerospace Division of Midland-Ross Corporation, a design/manufacturer of highly precision-engineered commercial, military and business aerospace products with a main plant in Columbus, Ohio. He retired in 1990. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his son Nathan, brother George Howard, sister Lois Silverwood, and son-in-law Robert Shaw. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary (Dempsey) Howard; children Elizabeth (Matt) Janoski, Amy (Dan) Curry, Emily Shaw (Harry VanFossan), and Adrian (Nancy) Howard; grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Richmond, Taylor (Taylor) Shaw, Nathan (Makaila) Curry, Zachary (Alexandria) Shaw, Clare (Daniel) Cermak, Amanda Curry and Aiden Howard; great-grandchildren, Isabella Shaw, Isaac Shaw, and Rosalie Richmond.

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