HOWARD CLEMENT HARMON
The spirit of Howard Clement Harmon made its return flight to his Creator Feb. 3, 2021, at the age of 85. He was surrounded by his loving family, and the prayers of his church family.
Howard was born in Toledo on June 24, 1935, the third child of Clement Roscoe Harmon (1888 – 1961) and Mary Elizabeth (Howard) Harmon (1902 – 1993).
Howard was a hard worker and born storyteller. He temporarily left high school to provide for his disabled father. He later earned his diploma from Scott High School where he fondly recalled parking his new Studebaker in the teachers’ lot. Howard worked at Jeep more than 30 years as a millwright and later as a dispatcher. During layoffs at Jeep he always found other employment, including a stint driving bus for the Community Traction Co. (another source of great stories). After retirement from Jeep he taught at a local driving school, becoming a popular and much requested instructor known as “Howie.”
Howard became an uncle and father at a young age. In addition to family, he loved the Scriptures, especially prophecy. Motorcycling, singing along while playing guitar, piloting small aircraft with his group of small-plane-friends, were some of many activities. Sharing any of these activities with his family or others was fulfillment to his heart.
In 1956, Howard met Colette Fetter at a roller-skating venue in Toledo. The two were married and to them were born four children: Beth (Roland) Cabiad, Doug (Lanna) Harmon, Alice (Mark) Ramsier and Gayle (Nathan) Hebert. The family now includes 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren from Alaska to Florida. In 1968, Howard was born-again into the family of Jesus Christ. A devoted and humble wife Colette was catalyst to that re-birth, but all praise, glory, and honor to God who Created and Redeemed all things.
In 2005, Howard married Emily Stoller following the death of Colette in 2003. The two made their home in Lambertville Michigan, until health issues created the need for assisted living late in 2017. Emily passed away suddenly in November of last year. Though the last few years of their married lives were complicated, Howard and Emily shared a faith in Christ that perseveres, finds joy in life-difficulties, and leads to Eternal Life.
Along with his parents and two wives, Howard was preceded in death by older brother, James Lester, and two sisters, Doris Ruth Meyer and Sharon Marie Ray.
Visitation and Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Toledo, with burial at Toledo Memorial Park.
Heartfelt thanks to caregivers, staff and administration of Aspen Grove Retirement Community. Special thanks also to Elara Caring who provided hospice care and equipment, which became vital during Howard’s last days.
Memorial donations may be made to, Gideon’s International or Alzheimer’s of NW Ohio, or the donor’s choice.
Arrangement entrusted to Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary, 3815 Sylvania Ave., Toledo.