Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME


Howard Albert Burson

March 26, 1932December 24, 2019

CANAAN – Howard Albert Burson, 87, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2019 after complications from surgery with his son-in-law, Elmer at his side. He was born on March 26, 1932 in Negley, OH the son of Mary (Burlingame) and Ralph Burson. Howard served our country in the Air Force and then later as a civil servant until his retirement. He met his wife Shirley while he was stationed at Loring AFB. They raised their three children together in Limestone and spent 60 wonderful years together until her death in 2015.

Howard was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW. Most recently, he was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes and he was so appreciative when Donna brought communion to him when he wasn’t able to get out. Howard cherished time with his family and during his retirement he enjoyed woodworking, building projects, hunting and fishing.

Howard is survived by his three children, daughter, Peggy Holmes and her husband Elmer of Canaan who were his caretakers for the last several years; daughter, Barbara Perkins and her husband Chris of Palmyra; son, Mark Burson; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4pm on Saturday, January 11, 2019 at Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Avenue, Skowhegan. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, January 14, 2019 in the chapel at Maine Veterans’ Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.


  • Howard is survived by his three children, daughter, Peggy Holmes and her husband Elmer of Canaan who were his caretakers for the last several years; daughter, Barbara Perkins and her husband Chris of Palmyra; son, Mark Burson; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.


  • Visiting Hours Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Howard Albert Burson

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Carol Berube Berube

January 6, 2020

Howard was a longtime friend and neighbor. The memories are many but some stand out. Like the winter my brother and his family came to visit. The wind chill was 50 below zero outside and Howard was trying to get the snowmobiles running for the boys to enjoy. Something they never forgot.
Howard was a carpenter. He did a lot of work for the Catholic church in Limestone. One year he built a beautiful float for a parade. It was on display for some time.
Howard was my Mr fix it. And he fixed "a lot". First he was instrumental in moving me next door. Something he may have regretted as time went on.
Howard was a religious man, a family man, and a great patriot. He served his country proudly for 20 plus years.
Thanks for all you did. You and Shirley will be in my memories "forever".

April Raymond

January 6, 2020

Each day that goes by gets harder and harder knowing we will never see your smiling face again or listen to your wonderful laugh! But the memories are always hear to stay grampy! I wish I had one more day just to say I love you one last time! Our family has so many wonderful memories of you & gram! We will cherish them for the rest of our lives. I miss seeing your wonderful smile when I walked into your room. I miss cutting your hair to make you look handsome for the beautiful nurses you adored! You are the bestest grampa any grandchild could ever ask for! I am so glad you came down to live with Mom & Elmer after gram passed, mom & elmer cherished the memories they got to share with you while taking care of you! I miss you grampy but I know you are with gram now! The both of you are loved so dearly and missed each and everyday! Xoxo

Jasmine Doncet Hall

January 6, 2020

Great grandpa my babies and I will miss you so much. My greatest memory is you meeting aria and seeing the love you all shared. Seeing great grandmas eyes just swell with pride over our loving family. I’ll always remember you taking Cameron under your wing and all but taking him on a complete joy ride one visit on base haha! You are so greatly missed and loved but now great grandma has you and dukes there too! Give him a hug for me. We love you.

Marilyn Berube

January 4, 2020

My greatest memory of Howard is, and always been his ability to see things differently..and his ability to make light of a bad situation with his humor..He had a knack to build things beautifully, his home, his property, his family, that was his pride and joy.He help many unselfishly and relish those who shared his interests. He was stern..but i believe his bark was louder than his bite..at heart, he was a simple man, deeply religious, adept to his duties as a soldier, husband, father, he was an example on his commitment to people and community, is what i see when i think of Howard. God bless him. Condolences to the family.

Greta & Scott Wilson

January 3, 2020

Our time knowing you was not long enough. It was so great coming to visit Elmer and Peggy, seeing your smiling face. Popping into your bedroom or where ever you was and me giving you a kiss on the forehead. Staying with you while Peggy was in Rehab was an honor, for us. Remembering you and myself at the ER you opening your eyes and saying to me " I was just making sure you was still there " with that smile. You melted my heart. You left such a big hole in this family but we all knew you couldn't stay. May you rest easy knowing we all love you bunches.


January 3, 2020

Dear Dad I miss seeing your face everyday ,laughing and joking,I thank God that you came to see me while I was in rehab made my day seeing you made me work harder and stronger to get home to you.Very sorry that it never happened.Hugs and kisses to heaven and back.
Your loving daughter peggybjean

Faith Temple

January 2, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories it is hard to pick just one. I treasured my visits north and following grandpa around as he was always outside doing something. Working in the garage, stacking wood, building or modifying something. Always ensuring his property and home stayed in tip top shape. (Of Course Grammy was close beside.) I spent many days thinking I was helping him in his work shed. He always gave me something to do. Aimee and I spent many fun nights having sleepovers in there as young children. Thankful he embraced us invading his space.
Grandpa gave me so much Faith. He was such a great influence on myself and my family. A gift for certain was of no monetary value and holds a forever place in my heart.
I love you Grampy. Please kiss Gram for me. XOXO

Vickie Glastetter

January 1, 2020

I'll always remember Uncle Howard as easy-going and kind. I'm one of the cousins living in Washington state -- Aunt Shirley and my mom were sisters. I have the fondest memories of being in Maine as a kid and having wonderful times with our cousins.

My most recent and lovely memory of Uncle Howard is from August 2009. My sisters, Carolyn and Madeline, and I traveled to Maine. We brought along my daughter, Mia who was 11 at the time. We sisters had lost both of our parents earlier in the year so seeing Aunt Shirley and Uncle Howard touched our hearts. It was Mia's first meet up with Maine family and her cousins (grandkids to Howard and Shirley). At a time when she needed it most. Uncle Howard acted like a grandpa to Mia letting her ride for what seemed like hours on his quad (a first) to the extent that he had to gas it up! He just wanted the kids to have fun and was so sweet to her.

My love to all. Miss you...

Barbara Perkins

January 1, 2020

So many wonderful memories of you dad! My greatest memory of you is that you always had a wise crack to make. My most recent was when Peg and I were sitting at the table and I washed your glasses because like mine they were always dirty. You put them on and were looking down. I asked, if you could see better, you looked up at me and gasped in fright. Haha, gee thanks Dad! I love you and will miss your ability to put a smile on all of our faces.