Leon E. Howell, 78, of Monroe Township passed away Sunday, February 26, 2023, at the Gardens, Tunkhannock. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Howell.
Born in Tunkhannock on November 11, 1944. He was the son of the late Clair "Bill" and Beulah Lord Howell.
He was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, class of 1962. There he was a pitcher on the baseball team, playing with the team that won Districts in 1962 against Honesdale (11-6). He was also involved in many clubs, including Sr. Math Club, Sr. Science Club, and Model Hobby Club. He entered the Keystone Area Science Fair in 1962 and won First Place, Grand Award First Place, and a special award. His project was Electronic Eavesdropping.
After high school he worked as a draftsman at Whipple's Lumber in Laceyville. He joined the Air Force in 1965 where he served as an Aircraft Electrical Navigation Equipment Repairman. After his discharge he briefly lived in Florida before moving back to Tunkhannock to work as an E&l Tech at Charmin Paper/P&G for 19 years.
In 1986, he and his family moved to Brunswick, GA, where he worked as Instrument Maintenance Superintendent for Brunswick Pulp and Paper, which later became Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper. When early retirement was offered, he couldn't sign the paperwork fast enough! He and Elaine moved home to Tunkhannock after 22 years in Georgia.
He enjoyed golfing: coaching a little league baseball team in Tunkhannock (1970) and the Meshoppen Girls Softball team (1984-86); trips to Disney World with his children and later his grandchildren; traveling; driving his '73 Triumph Spitfire (who wouldn't?); surprising The Bastard Suns at their performances in several cities, including Las Vegas; attending his Rock Steady Boxing classes; watching The Mystery of Oak Island; but mostly spending time with family and friends. With all he accomplished in his life, his favorite was raising his daughter, Trisha, and his son, Kevin, to become the responsible, compassionate people they are.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Trisha Howell, and her husband, Jason Gross; his son, Kevin Howell, and Kevin's wife, Lisa Sayar Howell; and his grandchildren, Nora and Daniel Gross and Layla and Elaina Howell; sister, Shilrey Corby and husband Bill.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, E. Marie and Harry VerBryck; his brother-in-law Gordy Carr; his nephew Marvin Corby; and his great-nephew Danny Kozick.
Family and friends are invited to attend Lee's celebration of life service which will be held on Thursday March 2, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Interment will be held privately in Woodlawn Cemetery, Factoryville.
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.
In memory of his life, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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