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Roselawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7500 North Clinton Street, Terre Haute, IN

OBITUARY

Dale Lee Howard

August 28, 1934May 9, 2020

On the early morning of May 9, 2020, Dale Lee Howard passed away at the age of 85 in Houston, Texas. Dale was born August 28, 1934 in Terre Haute, to Carl and Mary Howard. A 1952 graduate of Otter Creek High School, he has remained close with many of his classmates. In 1953, Dale enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an aviation technician for 38 years until his retirement from the Indiana Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant. On January 4, 1958, he married the former Martha LaRoche and raised one daughter, Barbara. Dale had a passion for auto mechanics and spending time with family. He spent many hours in his garage rebuilding a 1931 Ford Model “A.” When he wasn’t rebuilding his car, he was spending time with his wife, daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Known as the “Donut Man” to his great-grandchildren, Dale would arrive in the mornings with a large infectious smile and a bag of donuts for the family. He was known for his big heart, his service, and his love for life. Dale is survived by his wife Martha, his brother Larry David Howard, his Daughter and Son-in-law, Barbara and David Coleman, his two grandchildren and spouses, Elizabeth and Jeffrey Caslen and Austin and Cassidy Coleman, his four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and one uncle. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Carl and Mary Howard, and two brothers, Don and Darrel Howard. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors, Pastor Larry Lilly will officiate. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

Memories

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Autumn Long

May 19, 2020

Remembering and missing you.
Dan and Judith

Autumn Long

May 19, 2020

Remembering and missing you.
Dan and Judith

Autumn Long

May 19, 2020

Elizabeth Caslen

May 17, 2020

Grandpa,

You were truly my best friend, loved all of our special moments together. Being your granddaughter was an honor and I’ll treasure that ever. I know you are watching over all of us. Your smile was always was so bright and your hugs we’re the BEST!! Sprinkle donuts will always be our favorite.
I’ll miss you so very much❤️

Love you bunches,
Whipper (Elizabeth Caslen)

Phil Duffy

May 16, 2020

Marty and Barn,
Georgeann and I were saddened to learn of Dale 's passing. I regarded Dale as one of the best friends I've ever had and fondly remember the years we rode to work together, stopped for breakfast and solved all the world's problems. He was a man of great integrity, wisdom and warmth. I f you did not learn from Dale, you weren't't paying attention and that would be an unforgivable oversight. I learned and am a better person for it.

James K Wilson

May 16, 2020

I have known many people that have passed through the 181st during my 50+ year association with it. Dale's loyalty, sincerity, and dedication has been equalled by few.
Rest in pease Dale. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Jim Jelf

May 16, 2020

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dale was such a great man and a pleasure to serve with in the Air Guard

Jim & Diane Jelf

Connie Wilson

May 15, 2020

Frank DeLucia

May 14, 2020

Frank & Claire De Luca

May 14, 2020

Piney Wood Model A Ford Club
Our prayers & sympathy to Martha
and the Howard family.
“Gone from our sight
but never from our hearts.”

FROM THE FAMILY

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