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Dr. Otto L. Howell, Jr.
Dr. Otto L. Howell, Jr.FlagDr. Otto Lefate Howell, Jr., 82 of Marion, formerly of Richwood, died peacefully Thursday, May 19, 2016 at home.  He was born January 3, 1934 in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma to the late Otto Lefate and Zelma Mae (Cox) Howell, Sr.  He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Jimmy Howell, Fetna Harris, Juanita Mangrum, and Virgie Adams; and a grandson, Joseph Anthony DeSalvatore.

In 1960 he married the former Delores Wharton and she passed away in 1965. On May 14, 1966 he married the former Mary Lee Jividen in the LaRue United Methodist Church and she survives.

Otto was an outdoors man. He loved to garden, golf, boat, fish and farm. He raised the steer that his son Cory won Grand Champion with at the 1983 Richwood Fair. For 12 years he went to Wyoming deer hunting with his sons and friends. He also loved to fish on Lake Erie every chance he got and Rice Lake in Canada. For years the family spent every weekend camping somewhere in the Big Blue Bus.

Otto was a member of The First Baptist Church in Richwood. He was a member of the former Richwood Lions Club, Union County Dental Association, Mt Carmel Lodge #303 F&AM, Aladdin Shrine, AASR Valley of Columbus, and Marion VFW.

Known as Papa to his grandchildren, they were the light of his life. He loved spending time with them and teaching them about their Cherokee Indian heritage. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved teasing them by always offering them a choice of what they would like to do today: Scale a mountain, slay a dragon, or rescue a fair maiden.

After graduating from Muskogee High School in 1951, Otto joined the Navy where he was a dental technician. Otto earned his pre-dental degree from Capital University before attending The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and graduated in the class of 1964. That summer he bought the dental practice in Richwood from Dr. Rodger Russi.  In 1999 Otto retired after 35 years of practicing dentistry in Richwood. It was then that he and wife Mary decided to spend some time in Florida, eventually splitting their time evenly between Ohio and Florida.

Otto was a faithful Ohio State Buckeye fan and never missed a football or basketball game. He went to as many games as we could get tickets for, but after retiring, Otto enjoyed sitting in front of the TV watching the buckeyes play.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Teresa Dawn (Mark) Harrison, Xenia; three sons, Scott John (Laura) Howell, Macedonia; Terry Alan Howell, Tipp City; Cory Layne (Melissa) Howell, Marcy, NY; six grandchildren, Morgan Taylor and Tanner Layne Howell, Marcy, NY, Spencer Lefate and Eden Quin Howell, Tipp City; Josh and Bella Zak, Macedonia; and a sister, Martha Latta, Raleigh, NC.

Funeral services will be Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Brian Owens officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 PM at the funeral home in Richwood where a Masonic service will be given by Mt. Carmel #303 F&AM at 6 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. Ottawa Street, Richwood, OH 43344 and OhioHealth Hospice, 1000 McKinley Park Drive, Marion, OH 43302.

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#1 from: Tracy & Dawn Kavanagh
Thu, May 19, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Mary, Theresa, Scott, Terry, and Cory:
We just heard, and we're so sorry to hear of your loss.  Please know that we'll keep your family in our prayers.  

#2 from: Tom Guy & Gail DeGood-Guy
Thu, May 19, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Mary, we are so sorry to hear of Otto's passing.  God bless you and your family.

#3 from: johna nibert
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Mary and children So sorry for your loss . Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

#4 from: Michael Beuerlein
Dublin, Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Our thoughts and prayers reach out to Mary, Theresa, Scott, Terry and Cory your families. Otto will be missed, but remembered with fond memories.

#5 from: Andrea Hines Cutlip
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 12:02 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Doc's passing. He always made me feel special every time I saw him. He referred to me as "that rotten kid" and I loved him for it. He will be missed. Prayers to all the family during this difficult time and the days to come.

#6 from: Ruth Anderson
Green Camp, Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 5:57 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Otto passing.
My love and prayers are with you Mary and your family.

#7 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Delaware, Oh.
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Mary and Family, So sorry to hear of Otto's passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts
and prayers.

#8 from: Linn and Colleen Fiant
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 7:12 PM

We really so very sorry for your loss..prayers for your family.

#9 from: Steve Carper
Moses Lake, WA
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

I am sorry for your loss.  I never met Otto, but I have no doubt that he is in a wonderful place, and will be missed.

#10 from: Carl & sandy Deckler
Upper Sandusky oh
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Carl & I are sending our thoughts & prayers to you, Mary & your family.   I will miss talking with him & his huge smile.

#11 from: Gary & Mary Darling
Silver Lake, Mears, MI
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Mary & family,

Love and hugs to you all.  Gary and I pray that Otto's love for you will hold you all close together at this time with wonderful memories of your life together.  Otto was a special man always with a welcoming smile even through his pain.  He will be missed by many.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.

#12 from: Dr Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Dr Howell played a huge role in my growing up. My brother, Mitch, and I were about the same age as his kids, we lived across Wallace Road from the family in the 70's, and I probably still carry some of his dental work in my mouth. I remember him as a kind man who loved to laugh, loved to be outdoors, and would set his empty beer bottles on fence posts while mowing his lawn. That still makes me smile! May the Lord bless the family through lonelier days ahead.

#13 from: Thurman Goddard family
Pandora Oh
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM

Mary and family - please accept our sincere sympathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Pam and Thurman Goddard

#14 from: John & Kay Coder
Marion Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Mary and Family we are sadden of your loss .Many memories are held in our hearts of all the good times we had together.We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

We remain
John and Kay Coder

#15 from: Jim and Patti Kreus
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 8:59 PM

So sorry for your loss! Sending many Prayers!

#16 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 9:27 PM

Mary - I lift up prayers for you thanking the wonderful God you and I serve in the life of our Dr. Howell. Lord praise you for allowing Dr & Mary to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. That will be a memory that Mary will always hold dear to her heart. The wonderful memories they shared over the years will not be forgotten. God is looking down and saying "Well done my good and faithful servant" . Mary thank you for the loving care that you gave this wonderful friend. Dr Howell will never be forgotten. My prayers will be with you and your family as he is now out of pain and receiving his well earned reward in God's house. Love you all. Becky

My dentist from 1964 until 1999 - even came back from Texas every year for my check up's.

#17 from: Lavone Eastman
Mt. Victory, Ohio
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 10:35 PM

Sympathy and Prayers.

#18 from: Kelly Mills
London, United Kingdom
Fri, May 20, 2016 at 11:37 PM

Mary and family:

I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Growing up, Otto was a constant presence in my life. I will never forget him coming over (almost daily!) to ensure my mom had not wrecked his former garden, and also bringing Chris and me pancakes on Saturday mornings. His love of the outdoors, sports and people was obvious. Whenever a heavy rain rolls in, I will forever think of him and how he would call it a "gully washer." He had a lovely way of getting my brother and I all riled up, and then excusing himself before we could retort; always by saying, "It is time I go home to mother."

While I won't be there to offer my condolences in person, I send my deepest sympathies to each of you.

With love and peace,

#19 from: David and Penny Trowbridge
Strongsville Ohio
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 12:06 AM

Dear Mary,
Sending you and your family our deepest sympathy,
And holding you in our hearts and prayers.We feel veryblessed to have known Otto and you and cherish our memories with you at Lake San Marino.
           David and Penny

#20 from: Mary and Jim Kennedy
Tampa, FL
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Mary, it was our great privilege to have had Otto in our lives.  What a wonderful man who showed his love for you every day, always had a kind word for others, and graced everyone he knew with his terrific sense of humor.  Be comforted that he is in a better place now, and know that he will always be with you in your heart.  Mary and I send our deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time.  You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.  

#21 from: Kimerly Ransome
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Sending my condolences to all of you. You will be in my tough ts and prayers.  so very sorry for your great loss. Kim Ransome

#22 from: Sue McClish
Raymond, Oh
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Mary, so sorry to hear of your loss.  Have thought of you often since our OWU work days.  Love and prayers to you and your family.

#23 from: Shelley Daubenmire
Salisbury, NC
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM

So very sorry for the loss of Uncle Otto!! So many childhood memories of coming to the house in Richwood and riding the horse with Teresa. Falling in the creek trying to learn to ice skate and walking back to the house before Uncle Otto picking us up on the snowmobile!! Great family times growing up!!! Lots of Hugs to the family from us in Salisbury!! Love you all, Shelley and Family

#24 from: Kevin and Julie Tully
St. Louis, MO
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your family and loved ones.  We did not know Mr. Howell but he must have been a great Father and sterling example of manhood as judged by the fine children he helped to raise.

#25 from: evelyn ledman cross
new albany, indiana
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Ottos passing.  The memories you to shared will be forever in your heart and I was glad to re-meet him at the reunion several years ago.  You will be in my prayers and have much sympathy.     Evelyn Ledman

#26 from: Don & Darlene Krawczyk
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Dear Mary & family . . . So sorry for the loss of Otto.  We know the devoted care you have given him, Mary, and now he is free of suffering.  He will be missed.   We will always remember the fun times, in FL, especially with John & Kay.  We are lifting you & your family up in our prayers.  God bless you all.
Don & Darlene

#27 from: Walter and Robyn Fisher
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Dr.Howell was a wonderful person and dentist,he was our only dentist from 1969-l994. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

#28 from: Trudy Nitti
Utica, New York
Sat, May 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Cory, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

#29 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Sun, May 22, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Mary and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Otto will be missed by many. Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

#30 from: Pam Endsley
Sun, May 22, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Mary:  I'm so sorry for your loss. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

#31 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Sun, May 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM

   So sorry to hear about Otto.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

#32 from: Vonnie Wasserbeck
Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Goodbye old friend. You were were truly a gentleman and a scholar. Besides, you kept my teeth in good shape!! Can't say enough about you except to say that you were definitely one of the good guys and you will be missed.  Prayers for you and your family. Love you all.

#33 from: Tom Miller
Marysville, Oh
Thu, May 26, 2016 at 12:19 AM

Dear Cory (and Howell family), I was so sorry to learn of Dr. Howell's passing. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. In deepest sympathy, Tom

#34 from: Deb Tevis Clayton
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Mary and family,
Just heard about Otto's passing. Amazing the many years God gave him. You're blessed to have celebrated 50 years together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children/families.  
Dave & Deb (Tevis) Clayton

#35 from: Thomas Payne
Delaware, OH
Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Condolences for your loss.  I will pray you find peace.

#36 from: Jeanie Hoffman
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Mary & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Otto was a great husband & father. You're in my thoughts & prayers. Jeanie Parsons-Hoffman.

#37 from: Deb (Fox) Lawyet
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss.  I remember both you and Dr. Howell  when I was a patient in the dental office  and also as fellow church members.   My mother valued knowing you and had she been physically able to convey her sympathies rest assured she would have done so. Please accept this on behalf of her sympathies as well as mine.  Debbie Fox Lawyer

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