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DELTON HOWARD

 

Bellville Times 

Delton Howard, 76, of Frydek, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend went to eternally be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, surrounded by all his children. 

Visitation was held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Knesek Funeral Home Hwy 36 Chapel in Sealy. A rosary and vigil service followed at 7:00 p.m.. Funeral mass was held on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek with Rev. Thuy Quang Nguyen celebrating the funeral mass and rite of committal. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Frydek. Serving as pallbearers were Jeremy Green, Ryan Ignasiak, Thomas Wehring, Johnny Morgan, Teddy Wehring, and Curtis Ignasiak. Serving as honorary pallbearers were his grandsons who are currently serving our country in the military, Brandon Howard, Taylor Howard, and Zachary Howard. 

Delton Howard was born on Sept. 13, 1933 in Frydek to parents, John and Olga (Kudlacek) Howard. He was raised in Frydek and attended public school in Frydek and Sealy. While playing CYO softball, he met the love of his life, Josephine Cieslewicz. On Nov. 18, 1953, the two were joined in marriage in a ceremony held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek. In 1954 Delton was called to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He was on a ship to Japan when his first child Sandy was born and did not get to meet her until his return home from the Army in 1956. They were later blessed with five more children – Thomas, Cheryl, Bonnie, Russell and Neil. 

After 24 years of marriage, his loving wife, Josie, passed away after a two year battle with cancer. Delton then took over the role of raising his young children alone. He was a down-to-earth and good-hearted man. By example he taught his children the importance of honesty, integrity, working hard to earn your own way, as well as helping others. 

After retiring as General Manager of E.L. Sauer & Sons in Houston, Delton enjoyed gardening, ranching, listening to the Astros/Texans/Rockets broadcasts and above all, spending time with his family. He also enjoyed having coffee with his friends at the local Sunmart Exxon every morning to discuss world and local events and he especially looked forward to his daily visits with his brother, Sidney. 

Delton often supplied fruits and vegetables from his garden to friends and neighbors. He definitely had a green thumb when it came to growing things – everything from flowers and vegetables to fruit trees. He even successfully grew a unique fruit cocktail tree which produced peaches, plums and nectarines all on the same tree! 

He also had a special fondness for his animals, including his longhorn cattle, donkeys, cats, birds and even a pet squirrel which he enjoyed feeding. 

Delton was preceded in death by his parents, John and Olga Howard, wife Josie Howard, and son Thomas Dean Howard. 

He is survived by his daughters, Sandy Morgan and husband Johnny of Palestine, Cheryl Ignasiak and husband Curtis of Bellville and Bonnie Wehring and husband Teddy of Sealy; sons, Russell Howard and wife Sonia of Bellville and Neil Howard of Sealy; brothers, Sidney Howard and wife Eva of Frydek, Virgil Howard and wife Evelyn of Frydek and Melvin Howard of Sealy; grandchildren, Jeremy Green and wife Erin, Ryan and Alexa Ignasiak, Brandon, Taylor, Leyton, Zachary, Brittany and Nicollette Howard, step-grandchildren, Thomas Wehring, Lindsay Hudson, John and Michael Morgan; great grandchildren, Jase Howard, Andrew Green, Breck Hudson, Trace Wehring and Peyton Rogers, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. 

Along with tears of sorrow for our loss, we also have tears of extreme happiness that he has finished the race with courage and grace and has found rest and peace with his Creator. Also knowing he is finally reunited with our Mother and our brother brings us all great comfort. 

So, in your own words Daddy, your family would like to tell you the same last words you spoke to us -- “THANKS A MILLION”. 

You will always be in our hearts...We love you Dad

 

Posted by Joy Neely

 

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