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Gene Lowell Howard

March 10, 1936 — June 24, 2022

Gene Lowell Howard, 86, a resident of McDonald, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retiree of Suburban Propane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel Brown Howard; brothers, Ike Howard and Don Howard; sisters, Evelyn McSpaddin, Muriel Chadwick, Ann Howard, Jane Howard; great-grandson, Bryson Scott.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years; Barbara Sliger Howard; four children, Noel Scott and wife Becky, Mickey Scott and wife Samantha, Rhonda Cross, Marquitta Kelly and husband Kevin; sister-in-law, Mary Howard; grandchildren, Josh and Jessica Scott, Joseph and Brad Cross, Colton and Kerstien Scott, and Kala Efaw; great-grandchildren, Addison and Kinlee Cross, Tylan Hobbs, Madeline Scott, and Karly and Thomas Kelly; special friend, Jerry Samples; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory with Reverend Cliff Howard officiating.  Interment will follow at Lee Cemetery in McDonald with Colton Scott, Joseph Cross, Brad Cross, Josh Scott, Jerry Samples, and Aaron Howard serving as pallbearers.  A white dove release ceremony and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at the funeral home.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

A Gathering of Friends

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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