Howard L. Jeffrie

October 18, 1941December 24, 2018

Howard L. Jeffrie is in peace with the Lord, Monday, December 24, 2018. He is survived by his wife Maxine of 54 years, daughter Anne Marie Fleming, son in law, Robert S. Fleming and Granddaughter Clare Marie Fleming.

Howard was born October 18, 1941 at the Lutheran Hospital in Hampton, IA to Leslie and Ruth Jeffrie. He was the youngest of three, with two sisters Nancy Northcut and Judith Gallogly.

He attended school in Hampton while growing up and graduated in 1960 from Hampton High School. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in the school of Engineering. He received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering on May 29, 1964. Howard accepted a position with McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis starting June 22, 1964 in the Guidance and Control Department. He worked there designing and evaluating flight controls for fighter aircraft. During this time he attended night school earning two MS Degrees; Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management. In 1975 Howard accepted a job at Emerson Electric's Electronic and Space Division in St. Louis. He retired from Emerson in 1995 to become a Financial Advisor with American Express. He took full retirement in 2002.

Howard was a great story teller. He often talked about growing up on the farm, milking cows and driving tractors. After his chores were done, he spent time as a tap and ballet dancer. He and his dance partner would perform recitals around town. Once entering High School his talent for sports shined on the football field, track team and his biggest passion as a wrestler. He also found his first and only love, his wife Maxine. They dated throughout high school and college and were married on June 14, 1964.

Making his home St. Louis, they built a house and raised their daughter Anne. They were both very involved in their church; both at Village Lutheran in Ladue and St. Paul's Lutheran in Des Peres. Howard served in many positions and always stepped in to help when needed.

His love for sports continued throughout his life by following the Iowa State Wrestling team and the St. Louis Cardinals. He could never have enough red shirts to cheer on his teams.

After retirement Howard and Maxine spent time traveling the world. He continued solving problems with his spread sheets, completing puzzles, planning trips, building model airplanes, cooking and working in his wood shop building jewelry boxes. Howard and Maxine also spent much of their time with their only granddaughter Clare. Teaching and showing her all he could about what he learned in life.

Howard was truly “one of a kind”. He loved challenges and would stick with them until they were solved. He was always there with a smile, a joke or a hug. His spunk and passion will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 from noon until 1pm at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 12345 Manchester Road, Des Peres MO 63131 followed by a Memorial Service at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Howard's memory to St. Paul's Lutheran Church "Tell the Next Generation" Fund are greatly appreciated.

Please leave a message of condolence or a favorite memory of Howard for his family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Howard L. Jeffrie

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Genevieve Borcherding

January 7, 2019

You couldn't be friends with Nancy and Judy and not remember Howard...He and his dancing partner, Deanne Dryer, could entertain with their dancing skills...He really had a fantastic career...Condolences to his wife, daughter, Nancy and Judy... Let no one be sad as he enters the Kingdom of Heaven...

Ann “OJ” Mahoney

January 4, 2019

Dear Anne,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with , your mom and the rest of your family.
Such a wonderful life your dad had, I’m so sorry it ended too soon.

With Love, Ann mahoney “oj”

Rex Becker

January 3, 2019

Howard and Maxine were a wonderful couple. To have Howard gone is a tremendous loss for our family. When we lived in St. Louis, Howie always had some project he was involved it, and it usually included a computer. Howard and Max were godparents to our son. They visited with us when we lived in Germany. When I was on the Lewis and Clark reenactment I always found Howard with the group of people welcoming us to Camp Dubois, St. Charles, or St. Louis. Often he brought my father with him so he could participate. For forty years Howie has been part of our family - complete with his "corny" jokes. We will miss him, but will still have the memories.

Kim Hiley

December 31, 2018

I have known Howard, Max, and Anne my entire life. I felt like I was a part of their family growing up. I have so many great memories of Howard, from him teaching Anne and I ballet, to practicing the beam on the one he built for Anne to games we played in the car on the way to Hilton Head. Howard had such a joyful spirit and the memories I have of growing up and laughing with them are priceless.

Peggy Ohms

December 29, 2018

I have known Mr. Jeffrie ever since the family moved into the Queen Anne neighborhood when I was a child. He taught my sister (Cheli) and me how to develop photographic film. He taught us about the equipment, chemicals and paper. Developing the film at home and working with home made equipment, my pictures came out only 2" by 2" but that was ok with me because I was doing it. Not long ago, I asked him if he was still into photography and he said some but it was digital now. I always thought it was very awesome of him to teach us; and I have always, and will always cherish the memory. To the Jeffrie family, loved ones, and friends, I am sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dennis Riggins

December 29, 2018

Howie's passing is very big to me. But bigger are the many memories I have of him and with him as a life-long friend.

Don and Beth Fink

December 29, 2018

He and Maxine were wonderful hosts when we would visit St. Louis. They always had something new to show us. They both were amazing cooks, always willing to share their recipes. When in Hampton they often stayed with us and we played hundreds of games of Dominoes. We always enjoyed them and had such fun together. He loved all the gator rides to “check on the crops” and getting in the tractor with Don to bale the big round bales of hay. We will miss his phone calls he made to check on US every few weeks. Our sympathy and prayers for Maxine, Anne,, Bob and Clare. We love you “Howie”!

john zimmer

December 29, 2018

I remember watching you run track and play football. He was a very exciting runner. He was a part of the generation of guys in Hampton that encouraged us younger guys and were great examples! Condolences to his family and friends as I know you'll be missed.

Pat Gilbert

December 28, 2018

Howard was a wonderful friend to my husband and me, as well as a mentor to our children. We will miss him but rejoice that he is with his Lord and Savior.

Janet Nolte

December 28, 2018

I remember Ruth Jeffries, your mom. She was the sweetest lady I knew. I still make her Tupperware cinnamon rolls!