Obituary published June 3, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

E. Gene Howes, 77 of Monroe City, Mo., formerly of Kirksville and Mexico, Mo., passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal. He was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Kirksville, Mo., the son of Ernest Henry and Zelpha Melvina Fiscus Howes. Gene was a 1954 graduate of Kirksville High School, Kirksville. He was a graduate of Northeast Missouri State College, Kirksville, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science and later his Masters degrees. Gene taught Industrial Arts at Mexico High School, Mexico, for a number of years. While living in Mexico, Gene was an avid member of the Mexico Jaycees. He later moved back to Kirksville, where he was owner/operator of So-Chemical Company until 1991. Gene and his family moved to Monroe City in 1991 where he was an Insurance Agent for Shelter Insurance. Gene was a community oriented person. He was very active in all aspects of his communities. He was a member of the Monroe City Masonic Lodge No. 64. He was a member of the Nobels of the Mystic Shrine Moolah Temple, St. Louis. He was one of the founders of the Monroe City Area Community Foundation. He was a member of the Monroe City Chamber of Commerce. He was past member of the State Literacy Board, also supervised GED classes all over Northeast Missouri. Gene was a member of the Monroe City Lions club where he served as past president. He also served on the Hannibal Regional Hospital Board. He was a member of the Monroe City Nutrition Center where he was a past board member. He was a member of the Monroe City Mosswood Golf Course, the Hannibal YMCA, the Monroe City Coffee Drinkers Circuit and the South Side Mens Bridge Club. Gene was instrumental in starting the "Live Nativity Scene" at Christmas time at the Monroe City Christian Church and also the Monroe City Masonic Lodge annual Lenten Service. Gene was also very active in the Monroe City Lions Club youth baseball program and Monroe City athletics. He enjoyed following the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren who he loved very much. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, community and all that knew him.
He married Kay Swank, August 14, 1960, she survives of the home. Also surviving one daughter Patti Howes and Ray Silva, Roundrock, Texas. Four Grandchildren: Nick and Alexis Silva, Jason and Brandon Hutchison all of Roundrock, Texas. One Sister Betty Hogenson and husband Don, Omaha, Nebraska. Two nieces: Pam Govier and husband Bruce, Omaha, Nebraska; and Paula Hogenson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Two Nephews: Mark Swank, Valdosta, Georgia and Mike Swank, Atlanta, Georgia. One brother in law Earl W. Swank, and wife Sandi, Lake Park, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his Parents and one son Jason S. Howes.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Monroe City Christian Church, Rev. Steve Goughnour will officiate, burial will be from the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ralls County, Mo. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City, with a Masonic Service starting at 7:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Keith Mudd, David Pfaff, Steve Tonsor, Kent Cheek, David Griffin and Trent Garner. Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City Christian Church, Monroe City Nutrition Center or donor's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. Online condolences can be made at