THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert L. Howard
Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Robert L. Howard, 88, of Menominee, Mi., passed away March 27 at home.
Born on Oct. 18, 1925 in Chicago, Ill., to Robert and Florence (Dettman) Howard, he moved to Marinette as a child and attended local schools, graduating from Marinette High School in 1943. During World War II, he was employed at the United States Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wa., where he worked on many of the battleships damaged in the war. A former member of the Wisconsin National Guard Red Arrow Division, after the war he returned to Marinette and worked at American Can as a machinist and retired when it was Menominee Paper Company in 1991 after 44 years. He married the former Delores Bagdon on Aug. 26, 1950 at Marinette Methodist Church. In the 1970s, the couple owned and operated the Dog N Suds (later Howard 's Plaza Restaurant) at the M&M Plaza for several years.
A member of First Presbyterian Church in Menominee and a former elder, he was a member of the Marinette Masonic Lodge 182 for over 50 years. He enjoyed living on the Menominee River and was a lifetime Packer fan. He was a longtime blood donor, giving over 24 gallons of blood. In retirement, he loved to read and enjoyed casino bus trips.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Delores; two daughters, Susan (Bruce) Sharbono, of Laurel, Mont. and Barbara (William) Swan, of Lake Charles, La; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Art Dettman.
Family and friends called at Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until time of funeral services at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 31 with Pastor Jon Nelson officiating.
A memorial fund was established in his name. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to Spies Public Library, Menominee.