John M. Howard

August 22, 1933January 7, 2021

John M. Howard, 87 of Keene, passed away on January 7, 2021 following a period of declining health.

He was born on August 22, 1933 in Randolph Center, VT, son of the late Evelyn (May) Greenwood.

At the young age of 17, John joined the United States Navy. He was immensely proud of his career of 21 years of service for his Country he loved so dearly.

Following his military career, John settled in Keene where he took a position at Cheshire Medical Center as a Security Officer. John advanced within the hospital to the power plant where he worked in engineering and retired after 22 years. He maintained a membership with the VFW. After retirement, John enjoyed staying active delivering newspapers on his route for the Keene Sentinel.

On March 26, 1989 John married Jeanne Lacombe in Keene.

John was known for having a sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs and going for walks.

He could often be found puttering around the house and tinkering with various things. He will be remembered for his strength and determination as well as being exceedingly kind, loving, and caring.

John will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 32 years: Jeanne Howard of Keene, NH; children: Serena Howard of Keene, NH, Cheryl Tarbox of Richmond, NH, and David Vigneau of Athens, TN; grandchildren: Hudson, Cooper, Jessica, Nicole, Travis, Brandon, Ian, Jacob, and Hannah.

Per John’s wishes there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made in John M. Howard’s name to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446 ( or to a charity of your choice.


  • Per John's wishes there will be no services


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Hyla R Smith

January 14, 2021

I remember very clearly how wonderful you both were as neighbors. You never lost your since of humor, and your heart felt laugh. Blessed were we who knew you both. May God bless you our friend.

Joyce Pellerin

January 14, 2021

Thinking of you guys. I loved when John put the fake xmas tree in the row of trees between our houses. He just had to fill the gap.

Carla Whitham

January 9, 2021

Thank YOU John for all you had done for me and my family. You will always be remembered. That contagious laugh of yours was awesome! Glad your no longer suffering and lots of love and support sent out to Jeanne and Serena! Until we meet again...

Branden Tarbox

January 9, 2021

Many great memories with you Papi you were a hard man, but you were also a very humorous and nice man. I remember people watching with you on park benches and playing in your backyard. You will be missed I am glad that you are not suffering any longer. I wish I was able to see you more as of late. Rest in piece Papi

Cheryl Tarbox

January 9, 2021

Thank you, for being there when I needed you growing up. I will always have many good memories. I love you and will see you again one day. Sorry, we weren't able to spend more time together in the last few years. I am gonna miss the stories you told and your spunky personality.

Tammy Perra

January 9, 2021

Thinking of you all at this time. He was a great man and we as longtime neighbors have many great memories with him. We will miss him.