January 10, 2002

(7/15/1918 - 1/14/2002)

Daniel Franklin Howard, 83, of Kirksville, MO, passed away January 14, 2002, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

He was born at Baring, MO on July 15, 1918, the son of Clarence Vernon and Bertha Mae Schultz Howard.

On November 18, 1951, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Leona Anders Matlick and she survives.

Also surviving are one step-daughter, Lynda Matlick of Keokuk, IA; four step-grandchildren, Debra Varner and husband, Jeff of Fayette, IA, David Matlick and wife, Becky of Corpus Christy, TX, Douglas Matlick and wife, Vickie of Keokuk, IA, Daniel Matlick of Iowa City, IA; 11 step-great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua, Melissa and Miranda Varner, Michael and Michelle Matlick, Cole, Lexie, Chelsey, Zachary and Bret Matlick; two sisters-in-law, Marguerite Richardson of Kirksville, MO and Evelyn Bechtel of Burlington, IA; one brother-in-law, Robert Day of Ashton, MO; and a host of friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; step-son, Charles Russell Matlick; step-great-grandson, Tony Bryant; sisters, Minerva Tilly and Beulah Fleak; one brother, Clarence Howard; six brothers-in-law, Martin Tilly, Leland and Harold Dean Anders, Charles Bechtel, Cletus Richardson and Paul Fleak; and two sisters-in-law, Wilma Faye Day and Coleen Howard.

Daniel was raised in Knox County, MO west of Greensburg, MO, where he attended rural school.

Daniel was engaged in farming before being inducted into the United States Army June 2, 1941 and served four years, five months and 15 days returning home November 15, 1945. He served 26 months over seas in Hawaii, New Guinea and was stationed in the Philippines on the Island of Luzon. Private First Class Howard received four overseas bars, three battle stars, a Pearl Harbor ribbon, good conduct medal, a Philippine liberation ribbon, an arrow head for being one of the first to land on the Island of Luzon, an American Theater ribbon, a victory ribbon, and a combat infantry badge. He served with 20th Inf. of the 6th Division Cannon Company. This division broke the record of being on the battlefront the longest, 114 days in the Southwest Pacific.

After returning from the service he farmed until the fall of 1976 when he moved to Kirksville, MO, where he drove a maintainer for Adair County for eight years.

He was a member of the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #414 and Greensburg Eastern Star Lodge #258 having received his 25-year pin.

He was a member of the West Pleasant Ridge Church.

Funeral services were held January 17, 2002, at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Park View Chapel in Kirksville, MO. The Reverend Beryl Cragg officiated. Music was provided by Joyce Holdren and Ann Mallett. Burial with Military Honors were held at the Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville, MO conducted by V.F.W. Post #2508, MacDougall-Lowe American Legion Post #20 and D.A.V. Post #48 of Kirksville, MO. Casket bearers were Josh Varner, Jeremy Varner, Bret Matlick, Zach Matlick, Jason Howard and Larry Howard. Honorary bearers were Buddy Garman, Ralph Richardson, Les Sheets, Bobby Garman, Ralph Richardson, Les Sheets, Bobby Joe Day, Paul Anders, Clinton S. Jerome, and David Gerstley.

Masonic Services were held January 16, 2002, at the Chapel conducted by Greensburg Lodge #414.

Memorials in memory of Daniel Franklin Howard may be made to the West Pleasant Ridge Church, the American Cancer Society or the donor's choice.

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