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Richard Everett Howe

Richard Everett Howe

July 13, 1925 - March 7, 2007

Born in Hollywood, Calif., he was the son of the late Chester Everett Howe and Gertrude. At the young age of 16 he quit school to join the Merchant Marines during World War II and served until after the war. For the next couple years he worked as a lumberjack and fireman in Nevada. After service he rode motorcycles, working for a blueprint delivery service in Los Angeles. In 1958, Richard married Dorothea May Chick in Riverside, Calif. She had a son, Robert Chick. Dorothea passed in 1997.

Richard had his own successful landscape business for many years in West Covina, Calif., before moving to the Medford, Ore. area in the early 1970s. He worked for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department until his retirement. He spent a number of years as caretaker of the Gold Rey Dam in Gold Hill, Ore.

Richard loved everything about the outdoors; wildlife, camping, hunting and fishing. In his later years, Richard really treasured family gatherings with sisters and nieces.

A brother and three sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters, Jane Elwood of Central Point and Darleen Dubie of Grants Pass. He had no children.

Family and friends will dearly miss his ready smile and wonderful sense of humor. In honoring his wishes, there will be no services.