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Gonzalez Funeral Home

7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL

OBITUARY

F. Gene Howell

July 1, 1926September 4, 2019
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HOWELL, F. Gene, 93, passed away September 4, 2019 in Tampa, FL. Another of the greatest generation has passed. He leaves behind his beautiful and caring wife of 63 years Ida, daughters Karen Embry (Chuck), Kathy Tamayo (Mario), grandchildren Davi Steward (Steve), Kyle Parrino (Hannah), Jose Tamayo (Lauren), Christina Tamayo, brothers Perry Howell, Dennis Howell and sister Sue Niece.

Gene volunteered for the Army at age 16 and served in the Pacific during WWII. He returned home and attended the Ringling School of Art. After graduation he entered the advertising business eventually rising to the position of VP – Art Director for the advertising agency Young and Rubicam.

He had no time for hobbies or sports – his love of family and work were his passions.

He was proud of his wife, family and service to his country.

We will miss his wit, humor, war stories, appreciation of a good scotch, and the many times we shared together.

He was a great husband, father, nano, brother and friend. He will be in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A visitation will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 9:30AM to 10:30AM at Gonzalez Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 10:30AM with interment to follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa, FL.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Terrie Pelaez

September 7, 2019

Love and prayers to all of Gene's family. After reading the above words, I was particularly touched by the words that Gene's passion was his family. In all of my conversations with Gene. I found this to be true. When Gene was talking about himself, he was very unassuming and displayed a sense of humility but when the conversations shifted to his daughters or grandkids (which it always seemed to do), the light just seemed to switch on and he would smile and beam with pride. What a blessing to be gifted with 93 years where he was able to watch his family grow and enjoy his grandchildren as they forged their own paths. Monsignor Higgins used to say that the greatest gift any two parents could give their children was the gift of their love for each other. I think Ida and Gene's 63 years together was a testament to us all and provided such a foundation for a great family. While it is rare to find a man that likes to go shopping with his wife, when you find a man who will go "Black Friday" shopping, you know you have a real gem! On several occasions over the years, I would run into Gene, Ida, Karen, Davi,( and in later years Christina), in the wee hours of the Black Friday morning at the Westshore mall. Gene would be all smiles. He really seemed to enjoy this tradition with his family! May all your treasured memories bring you laughter, joy, and comfort, Thinking of you all.
Love
Terrie Pelaez

Constance Jessup

September 7, 2019

What a wonderful man was Gene Howell. I knew Gene and Ida around 30 years.

He was so kind and always coming up with ways to improve
things at the condo including one of the smartest things anyone
ever did - a nice looking commercial type carpet. He was always so nice and encouraging; even in the beginning when I did not always know what I was doing. May God bless Ida and all the family.

Connie

Nila Postupack

September 6, 2019

Mrs. Howell and family.

Condolences to you all from your Ram Sea family. Mr Howell is so dear to us. He is such a very fine gentleman and stands as a perfect example of values and integrity. He had the best stories.
I have so many memories of times at the beach. One of the best was when Mr. Howell saw a young man , early one morning , sleeping on the deck in a lounge chair. The young man was wearing Mr. Howell’s bathing suit that he had grabbed off the railing where it had been hung to dry. Once the initial surprise and excitement was over, we had the best laugh. Mr. Howell took it in stride and found the humor in the situation.
Such a fine gentleman. We will miss him and the long chats we had. Thankful for the opportunity to know such an excellent man.

Blessings and condolences,

Nila and Mike Postupack
Ram Sea

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