In Memory of William Charles Howe Sr.

William Charles Howe Sr.
William Charles Howe Sr.
Born: September 24, 1940
Died: August 19, 2017
Age: 76
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William Charles Howe Sr.
September 24, 1940 - August 19, 2017

William Charles Howe Sr., age 76, of Nevada, died at Story County Medical Center in Nevada on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

William was born September 24, 1940, in Osceola, IA to Howard and Irene (Cochran) Howe.  He spent his entire adulthood living in the central Iowa area surrounded by those who loved him.

William was a retired truck driver of 42 years and drove more than four million miles of our beautiful America. His final run came in 2008 with the Jacobson Transportation Company in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was inducted into Jacobson Transportation’s Million Mile Club in 2008 prior to his retirement.  He joined an elite group of drivers who have achieved more than a million miles of accident-free driving while employed by the company.  He was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada. William enjoyed farming, tinkering with equipment, sharing a good story, making homemade ice cream and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Myers-Howe of Nevada, IA; five children: Mark Allen (Mary) Howe of Bondurant, IA; Nancy Jo (J.B.) Hamilton of Osceola, IA; Russell (Karen) Howe of Ankeny, IA; William (Robin) Howe Jr. of Nevada, IA; and Christopher (Kristin) Howe of Waukee, IA; seven grandchildren: Michael (Carrie) Howe, Melanie (Nick) Herrick, Ryan (Tiffany) Howe, Kyle Howe, Aarin Howe, Lathan Howe and Lydia Howe; and his great grandson, Nathan.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Irene Howe, and his first wife of 45 years, Sandra (Heidbreder) Howe.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor David Burling officiating. The family will greet guests one hour prior to services. Entombment will follow in Nevada Municipal Cemetery.  Condolences may be expressed online at  Memorial contributions may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association of Iowa.

Ryan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of William and his family.



Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 1:44 AM
“Pam, so sorry for your loss.
Prayers coming your way.
- Sandra J Manney
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 1:43 AM
“Uncle Bill,
You are what a great and faithful man looks like. Faithful right where God placed you!
I thank you for always having a smile whenever we would meet.
Until we meet again,
Cousin Roger Howe
You were full grown when I was born! I thought you were Uncle Bill.”
- Roger Craig Howe
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I will not be able to be at the visitation on Saturday, but rest assured I will be thinking of you all. ”
- Marie Ellison
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a parent, I will keep you in my prayers,
God Bless”
- Dale McCracken
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“To the family of William Charles Howe Sr., I am truly sorry for your loss. May you take comfort knowing that God is "close to the broken-hearted ". This truth is highlighted in the Bible at Psalms 34:18. With sympathy, John.”
- John
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Bill was a big part of our family while I was in high school. He ran around with my older brother(Gerald who is also deceased). Bill would haul us younger kids around all the time. I have several fond memories of him. He and my brother(Gerald) worked for Cecil Myers in Nevada in the late 50"s. They would drag race their cars backwards in our hay field. Bill always had a strong commitment to work no matter what he was doing. The worst thing that bill could do would be to pass that along to his children that I imagine that he probably did. So please accept my condolences from the entire Freeman family.”
- Wally freeman
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“To the loved ones of William Howe,

Although we did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Howe, we have personally experienced the pain of losing someone we loved dearly. We extend our heartfelt condolences to each of you. Please be assured of God’s enduring love for you, his concern with your well-being, and his willingness to help you endure this difficult time. (1 Peter 5:7) We pray that God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 will provide you comfort in the days to come. For further comforting thoughts, please visit

The Guillory Family
Covington, LA
- Guillory Family
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Praying for the family in this time of hear break and confusion. He will always be in your hearts and minds. I have a picture of him in my mind from my last visit there to Iowa. Keep your memories close.”
- Karen Howe Ambrecht
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:12 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to you and your whole family Bill. Know that we are thinking of you in this difficult time.
With caring thoughts,
Iowa BBQ Society”
- Iowa BBQ Society
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:52 AM
“Mark ,Russ,Nan,Chris,and Bill,we are so sorry for your loss.Your dad was a great man to all he knew.Family his family is what he lived for .Our prayers are with you all today and every day after.”
- Bruce and Marjorie Kelley
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:52 AM
“My hearts go out to all of you. God bless all of you during this process.”
- Heather Thompson
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:52 AM
“Our families thoughts and prayers go out to you all, kids, Grandkids and in-laws.. I'm sorry that you are all going through this, there isn't anything I can say to make this time easier but to let you know your in our thoughts... Remember all the great memories you have had with him and know that he will always be in your heart and minds.. Love to you all. ”
- Ruby Hodges
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:52 AM
“Russ, Mark,Karen, Mary, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We'll cherish our memories of time with your father at Topeka, kayaking and camping in N.E. Iowa, and Ryan's wedding reception. God bless.”
- Bob and Chris Dove
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:52 AM
“I will treasure all the memories unle Bill. a true gentleman father husband uncle son. you were that man. gone today but never to be forgotten. rest in peace pain free. we love you ”
- teresa howe bailey
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa