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James William Howarth passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012 at DePaul Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri on the 54th anniversary of Jim and Barb's marriage and also his deceased brother's date of birth.
Jim fought a gallant battle for many years with health problems and this time God decided to give him a rest and called him home for which he was ready.
Jim was born in St. Louis, Missouri to James M. Howarth and Mabel Woodruff Howarth on January 3, 1936. He had one sibling, Harold Eugene (Gene) Howarth who passed away February of this year. Gene's widow Kay Howarth resides in their home in Texas. Two nephews survive their dad, Harold "Geno" Howarth and James W. Howarth.
He was educated in the Belle area and graduated from Belle High School in 1953.
Jim began work at McDonnell Aircraft in 1956 and worked there for 37 years until his retirement in 1993.
He was wed to Barbara (Ott) Howarth on June 29, 1958 at Belle United Methodist church, who survives in the home. They began their lives together in St. Louis, Missouri and moved back to their roots the fall of 2006. To this union four children were born. Ricky A. (Machelle) Howarth, Sherry E. (Howarth) Jehling, Christy L. (Jeff) Steinmeyer, and Jason W. (Sara) Howarth.
After the love for his wife Barb and his children, he unconditionally loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was so proud of them. He has six grandchildren, Kimberly Jones, Tom Adams, Travis Adams, Hayley Jehling, and Keaton and Greyson Howarth. Family was so important to Jim and he showed his love to them in so many ways. He was also fortunate to have two great children, Gavin and Peyton Jones.
Jim has many family members that have preceded him in death. His father and stepmother, James and Rose Howarth, mother, Mabel (Woodruff) Howarth Crum and stepfather Ashley Crum, father-in-law and mother-in-law Albert and Virginia (Ridenhour) Ott and in February of 2012, his brother Gene and two step-sisters, Sue Allinger and Elzania Martin.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Belle United Methodist Church at 10 o'clock and interment will follow at Bowles Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Belle United Methodist Church, c/o 320 W &W Circle Drive, Belle, MO 65013.
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