Melvin  LeRoy Howard
  • May be directed to the Lenox Little League Complex

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“I am so sorry to hear the news of Mel's passing. He was such a good man and so much fun to be around. Saturday mornings at Cheese's during football...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Dave Snedeker - Omaha - friend

“I am sorry to hear of your loss of a great soul, Melvin. He was always in a good mood and smiling. He was my neighbor while growing up in Lenox and...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Lori Brill Green - Austin, TX

“A lot of fond memories of Mel at the old and new store when I was growing up ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Dave Cheese - Danville, KY

“I am so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. He was such a sweet, kind man. I can remember my sister, Mitzi, and I spending the night with Chris and...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Ada (Lucas) Calendine - Omaha, NE

“I agree with Dave (Calvin): the best baseball coach I ever had. A good man! Connie and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Steve Sawyer ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Steve Sawyer - Lenox, IA

“Sorry to learn of Mel's passing. I have great memories of Mel playing little league baseball in Lenox. David Calvin ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: David Calvin - Glenwood, MD


Funeral services for Melvin Howard, age 81, of Creston, formerly of Lenox, who died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Creston Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be directed to the Lenox Little League Complex. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Melvin Leroy Howard was born December 13, 1930, in Taylor County, Iowa the son of Jean Howard and Opal (Belding) Howard. He lived most of his life in the Lenox area, graduating from the Lenox High School with the Class of 1949. On November 27, 1950, he was united in marriage to Carol Lou Elwood at the Corning United Methodist Church in an afternoon ceremony. They were blessed to share 61 years of marriage!

Mel worked as a meat cutter for Cheese's Food Market for over 30 years. He built a family home, by himself, in his spare time. His family grew up there until they sold the home and purchased a "fixer upper" house. Carpentry and construction were his hobbies, but mostly his passion. After leaving the meat cutting business, Mel opened a restaurant business, worked as a housepainter and a handyman. During this time, Mel and Carol moved to Creston where they have lived for the past 20 years. He loved sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan as well as the Kansas City Chiefs.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend are his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Howard of Creston; two daughters, Kristeen Hoakison and husband David of Creston; Jackie Hayworth and husband Dennis of Grimes; four grandchildren, Christopher Hayworth, Kacy Hayworth, Caleb Hoakison and wife Jill, Kelsey Buck and husband Matt; a sister, Norma Warrick of North Bend, Oregon; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Mel in death are his parents, Jean and Opal Howard; and two brothers and their wives, Daryl and Florence Howard and LaVaughn and Loretta Howard.

Mel was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
His enthusiasm, humor, insight and kindness will be missed by everyone.