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Robert L. "Big Bob" Howard

December 10, 1932February 16, 2020

Robert Lee "Big Bob" Howard, 87, of Russiaville passed away at 12:20 AM Sunday February 16, 2020 at Kokomo Healthcare. Born December 10, 1932 in Grant County, Maryland, he was the son of the late George Howard and Cora (Burdett) Howard. On February 26, 1955 in Spencerville, MD, he married Barbara J. Allen, and she survives. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War where he received four Bronze Campaign Stars. He was a car detailer for several carwash and car lots in Kokomo. He was also a meat manager at Maceys grocery, and a semi-truck driver for BW Manufacturing.

Survivors include his wife Barbara J. Howard of Russiaville; three daughters Debbie Morris, Donna Schmeisser and Sandy Lange, all of Kokomo; six grandchildren Jason, Joey, Matt, Derek, Maci, and Brady; also several great grandchildren. .

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and five sisters, and one granddaughter Holly England.

Funeral services will be 12 Noon Wednesday February 19, 2020 at Southside Apostolic Church, 1716 E. Firmin Street. Pastor Keith Mosier will officiate. Burial with military rites by the U.S. Army and the Kokomo Military Rites Team will follow at Nevada Cemetery, Tipton County. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12 Noon Wednesday at the church. You may read Bob's obituary at where you can sign the register book or share a personal message to the family.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Robert L. "Big Bob" Howard

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Mona Tate

February 19, 2020

One of my youngest memories of Brother Bob Howard was when I was about 9 years old and attended Sunday School class in Zion Tabernacle's church parsonage. We all knew him as Brother Howard, or as "Big Bob". Every Sunday 3 of the Sunday School classes would meet together to sing hymnal songs together before going to each of their classes. We would have some 'noisy' ones in the group, usually the boys. Bro Howard would step in and announce to the group of us, that he was known as "Big Bob" and something else about "fist city". If you were a student from back then, you could almost still hear him today.
I was very quiet and shy back then, and his loud voice to get everyone's attention--especially those noisy boys, had a way of almost putting a fear in you to make sure you weren't the noisy ones! He was actually very kind and had a big heart of caring for all of us.
I will always remember Brother Howard as one of my kind teachers who had a strong testimony and great love for the Lord.

Darlene Miller

February 19, 2020

We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Bob's passing. I remember how excited my mom and "Bot" would get when we knew you were coming to visit. We will cherish all the memories in the days to come and be thankful for whatever time we got to spend with him. God Bless the family in the days ahead and know that someday we will meet him again.

Tom and Darlene Miller

Kevin Thomas

February 18, 2020

I had the Honor of caring for Bob while an employee at Kokomo Healthcare Center.
We recognized one another as Christians.Our paths crossed in this life as the "cared for" & "the caregiver" but we established mutual respect for one another.
Now,hes resting soon to see Jesus.Bye old freind.

timothy miller

February 18, 2020

So sorry to hear about uncle Bob. I remember when they use to visit my grandmother in Spencerville and he would play around and joke with us. I remember he would make funny faces and play with his dentures. He will be missed. Sending prayer's to the family.
Love you,
Tim Miller

Sarah Rizer

February 18, 2020

Bro. Rizer and I wish to share our deepest sympathy to the Howard family. We love you all and will always remember Bro. Howard's since of humor and his love for God. He is dancing on the hills of Glory in the arms of God. We will always remember you and your love for us.
With love and sympathy to the wonderful and loving Howard family.
Chuck and Sarah Rizer

David Tulippondfarm Doody

February 17, 2020

My last uncle all ways fun together