Indiana native Donald Lee Howard passed away June 18, after a courageous six-year battle with cancer.
He was 75.
After graduating from Franklin Township High School in 1955, Don served in the Army Reserves with a MASH unit.
He attended Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and began his engineering career at Indiana Gear Works, Indianapolis.
In December 1983, Don married Shirley Davis.
Two years later they established D&S Manufacturing and Engineering in Brazil. Following 13 rewarding years in the business, they retired to Southwest Florida, where they built a home on Pine Island.
Don enjoyed traveling, tending to the family farm and riding his motorcycle.
He especially enjoyed taking his boat, "Strohs 1," out for a day on the water and cooking ham and beans for get-togethers by the pool.
He loved his wife and family above all and delighted in spending time with them.
While Don will be missed by many, he bravely fought the battle and went peacefully in the end.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Margaret Howard.
In addition to his wife Shirley, survivors include his daughters Deborah Truxal and her husband Robert, Greencastle, Brenda Abel and husband David, Jacksonville, Fla., and Cathy Ryan, Brazil, son Don E. Howard and wife Joyce, Brazil, stepchildren Dwayne Dyer, Florida, and Sheila Gianelli, California, 11 grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren, sister Janice Duell and husband Gilbert, Brazil, as well as two nephews and two nieces.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., June 29, at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil. Burial will be at Cottage Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Don to: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718, or at www.cancer.org; Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 2100 L Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037, or at www.humanesociety.org; or envelopes will be available at the funeral home.