August 16, 2001

HOWARD RICHARD HYDE (5/24/1939 - 8/12/2001)

Howard Richard Hyde, 62, of Luray, MO died August 12, 2001 in Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, IA.

He was born May 24, 1939, at Ottumwa, IA, a son of Virgil and Helen Skyles Hyde.

He married Connie J. Brotherton on June 19, 1965 in Luray, MO.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, of Luray; mother-in-law, Helen Brotherton of Luray, MO; two sons, Richard Hyde and his wife, Melissa of Kahoka, MO, David Hyde and his wife, Becky of Luray, MO; one daughter, Joann Hunziker and her husband, Dennis of Kahoka, MO; two brothers, Larry Hyde and his wife, Kathy of Danville, IA, and Maurice Hyde and his wife, Norma of Eldaro, IA; four grandchildren, Anthony and Alyssa Hunziker and Tobias and Marcus Hyde; two step-grandchildren, Trevor and Kylee Nichols; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dwight.

Howard was raised north of Memphis, MO and attended school in Scotland County, MO. In 1961 he began working for the Missouri Highway Department in Luray, MO on an hourly basis and in 1962 entered the Army for two years. When he returned, he resumed working for the highway department and worked for them a total of 34 years before retiring as a crew leader in 1995. For over 35 years, Howard raised, trained and boarded dogs and hatched out over 1000 quail each year for use in training. He was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church, Herman Blum Post #192 of the American Legion at Kahoka, MO, VFW Post #4958 at Memphis, MO and Pheasants Forever, Inc. He was the current mayor of Luray, MO. He shared whatever he had with others, including his talents, and it was well known that if you needed some kind of information you could ask Howard. He loved kids and was called "Grandpa" by many children and was always known to have candy to send home with them. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.

Funeral services were held August 14, 2001 at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, MO with Rev. Clayton Peak officiating. Special taped music was played. Pallbearers were Clyde Smith, Jr., Vernon Hopp, Wayne Wagner, Glen Brown, Joe Kerr, and Robbie Smith. Burial with full military rites were in Combs Cemetery at Luray, MO. A memorial will be established at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka, MO.

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