Howard L. Williams, 91, of Greencastle, died Monday morning, April 12, 2004, at the Heart Center of Indiana in Indianapolis after a brief illness.
Born July 6, 1912, at New Maysville in Putnam County, he was the son of John Carl Williams and Alva F. Henry Williams. He was a 1930 graduate of Greencastle High School and a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre.
He began a lifelong career in banking with First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. in Greencastle on April 28, 1930. He retired on Aug. 1, 1977, as executive vice president. He was a member of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Temple Masonic Lodge No. 47, Royal Arch Masons Lodge No. 22, American Legion Post No. 58, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1550, Rotary Club and Windy Hill Country Club, all in Greencastle.
Active in community affairs, he was a member or served on the board of directors for First Citizen's Bank & Trust Co., United Way of Putnam County, Asbury Towers Retirement Home, Putnam County Foundation and had been a member of the Indiana Banker's Association for over 50 years. A longtime member and supporter of the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, he was honored in 1983 with the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.
He was married to Rozelle Rutter on Jan. 19, 1941, and she preceded him in death Aug. 21, 1988. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Morris H. Williams and Dale E. Williams.
He was married to Mildred Gowen Ames on April 28, 1996, and she survives. Other survivors include four nephews, Wilfred L. Williams and wife Betty, Carl E. Williams and wife Jennifer, Ross Williams and Kent Williams and wife Janice; two nieces, Betty Sue Carpenter and husband Gerald and Elaine Evans; one stepson, Vurlin Ames; one stepdaughter, Barbara Ames; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Stickle; two stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle with Rick Thomas officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at Clear Run Cemetery, Bridgeton, Ind. Visitation is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's favorite charity.