Howard was born in Pittsburg, California, May 30, 1917, the youngest of 10 children to parents, Millage and Margaret McLean Bennett, all of whom have passed.

At the age of 16, Howard became interested in electricity, and by the time he was 17 he was working as an electrician at Dow Chemical Company in Pittsburg, Calif. He became a journeyman electrician before he was 21.

In 1935, he married Ann Smith Morris, who passed away in 1996. They had two sons, Jerry, who preceded him in death in 1989, and Sandy, who survives.

During WWII, Howard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Marine guard at the Bremerton, Washington Navy base, then was transferred to Tillamook, Ore., where he was a Marine guard at the Naval Air Station blimp base. He was the last Marine to leave the blimp base when it closed in 1946.

Howard was a member of the IBEW electrical union since 1943, working locally on the construction of Rogue Valley Manor, the grade school in Eagle Point, the 3M building in White City, and the shopping center in White City when it was built in the early 1960s. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Howard and Ann owned and operated Bennett Electric in Corvallis, Ore. from 1947 to 1951, and in Grants Pass, Ore. from 1951 to 1953. They operated a dairy on Fish Hatchery Road in Grants Pass from 1953 to 1961.

Howard is survived by six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Howard's interests included landscape painting, gardening, and woodworking. At his request, no services are planned.