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In Memory of Paul Dillon Howard


Saturday, July 3rd from 11am - 1pm at O'Connell Funeral Home, Hudson

Funeral Services

Prayer Service and Military Honors July 3rd at 1pm at O'Connell Funeral Home, Hudson

Paul Dillon Howard, age 85, of River Falls, formerly of Hudson, died on June 24th, 2010. Paul was born on February 26th, 1925 to Augustus & Lula (Dillon) Howard in Akron, Ohio. The family moved from Akron to Sparta, TN where Paul grew up. In 1943 he graduated from Sparta High School and made the decision to join the Navy. He participated in the Navy’s V-12 program which led him to Penn State University where he would receive his bachelor’s degree. After college Paul moved to St. Paul where he took on a job at 3M. It was during this time that he met Donna Lou Tofting. The two were married and settled in Hudson. This marriage would be blessed with a son, Gordon & a daughter, Laura. After some time the marriage dissolved. In 1962 Paul married Marian Webster Kermott and lived in St.Paul for several years before taking a job with FreightMaster and moving to Ft.Worth, TX. In 1992 Paul and Marian bought a condo in Hudson and split their time between Hudson and Ft.Worth. Later in his career Paul started his own business, Transportation Marketing Inc and would run that until his retirement in 2005. In 2007 they moved to The Lutheran Home in River Falls.

Paul was a very hard working and dedicated husband, friend, and father. He demonstrated a great work ethic and was loved and respected by all who were a part of his life. He enjoyed music – particularly Jazz. His favorite artists included Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, among others. He also was an avid, self-taught professional photographer. He was never far from a camera and loved to take pictures of everything from flowers, to nature, family, to anything else that caught his attention including advertising photography for FreightMaster. Paul was a very longtime member of AA, always willing to help and lend support to others. He was also a lifetime member of the Hudson Masonic Lodge. His greatest joy was his family and he loved sharing his loves with his kids and grandkids. He had a wonderful sense of humor was always willing to do anything for anybody and left a positive impression on those who called him friend.

Paul is survived by; his wife, Marian (Webster) of Hudson; son, Gordon Howard of Eau Claire; daughter, Laura Rush of Eau Claire; daughter, Katharine Kermott (John Ahern) of St. Paul; daughter, Pam Wasson of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Claudia (Lynn) Rhymes of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Vera (Jennings) Davis of Oak Park, CA; 12 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids; and ex-wife Donna Vierbicher. He is further survived by other relatives and many dear friends.

A very special thanks to the entire staff of The Lutheran Home for their loving care and continuing care of Marian. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the charity of your choice in Paul’s honor.

A memorial gathering for Paul Howard will be held on Saturday, July 3rd at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI from 11:00am-1:00pm. The gathering will conclude with military honors provided by the Hudson American Legion and VFW. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI and Countryside Crematory.

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