Information for James "Vaughn" Howard

10 April, 1915 - 6 May, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

8 May, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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'Vaughn' Howard

    James "Vaughn" Howard went to be with his Lord on, May 6, 1996.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 10, 1996, at the Nampa First Christian Church, 619 12th Ave. South.  Rev. Bill Garrett, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    He was born on April 10, 1915, in Calhoun, Missouri, to Noah and Lena Howard.  The family moved to Kansas when Vaughn was a child and later ,moved to Colorado where Vaughn graduated from high school.
    In 1935, Vaughn and his parents moved to Bowmont, south of Nampa, where he and his father opened up Howard Welding. That's also when Vaughn met his sweetheart, Crystal Cain.  They were married in Nampa on March 27, 1937, which began their beautiful 59-year journey together.
    Vaughn and Crystal moved to Wichita, Kansas, in 1940 with their two daughters, where Vaughn was a foreman with Boeing Aircraft.  Their son was born while they were in Kansas.
    The family moved back to Nampa in 1945, and Vaughn then took over his father's welding business, which was then operating in Nampa.  Vaughn and Crystal had their third daughter in 1953. Vaughn ran J.V. Howard Welding Works until his retirement in 1980, when his 2 son in-laws took over the business.  Vaughn was known all over the valley for his special skills such as bean knife sharpening and manufacturing the Howard beet bed.
    After Vaughn's retirement, he and Crystal became active in Good Sam Gem Sprouts, where they made many friends.  Vaughn was very active in the Nampa First Christian Church, where he was a deacon and loved serving communion to shut-ins.  Vaughn and Crystal thoroughly enjoyed attending and supporting all of their children's and grandchildren's sporting events, such as bowling and ball games.
    Vaughn is survived by his wife, Crystal of Nampa; one son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Bea Howard of Nampa; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Jim Cate of Nampa, Dolores and Harold Peirsol of Idaho Falls, and Debbie and Doug Lampman of Nampa; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mabel Schlatter of Estes Park, Colorado, Norine Johnson of Topeka, Kansas, and Pearl Harris of Arvada, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
    Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents.
    Vaughn was dearly loved by all of his friends and especially by all of his family.  Vaughn was a very special man who freely gave his love and touched everyone's life who he came in contact with.  He was truly a gift of God.  He spent his entire life giving to others.  He was the kind of husband, father, and grandfather to his family that can't be described in words.  His love and fine example will live on forever in their hearts, and they will dearly miss him.
    “Dad, we will miss you so much.  We know you have gone home now to join your Father, but you will always be with us, Daddy.  Thank you for being the kind of father that you were - kind, gentle, caring, fun, giving, and spiritually strong.  You gave us so much.  We owe our lives to you - we are what we are today because of you.  Your absence will leave a void in our lives and especially mom's.  We will take good care of mom and we promise to always make you proud.  We love you Dad. It's only goodbye for now - we will all look forward to being with you again someday.  God Bless You."
    The family suggests memorial contributions to the Nampa First Christian Church, or flowers may be sent.


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