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Frank E. Howe

September 12, 1926 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old


Frank E. Howe, 96, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of La Porte, Indiana passed away Saturday, August 5, 2023 peacefully at Bethany Lutheran Village with family by his side. He was born on September 12, 1926, in Spokane, Washington to Oscar Thunborg and Alice (Ottevaere). When his mother remarried, he was adopted by Thomas F. Howe.
Frank served in the U.S. Navy from August 10, 1944 to July 12, 1950, and attained the rank of Seaman V6 during WWII. He retired from Tyler Division of American Standard after 42 years of service as General Manager of Parts Operations. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church.

On June 24, 1950, in Toledo, Ohio, Frank married Ruth M. Howe. They enjoyed 46 happy years raising their children and traveling, including spending winters in Phoenix, Arizona. Ruth preceded him in death on August 13, 1996. On May 23, 1998, in Tempe, Arizona, Frank married Beatrice Slocum who preceded him in death on June 14, 2007.

Also preceding him in death are daughter, Carol Howe on April 19, 2022, and grandsons, Alec Wright on January 2, 2021 and Daniel Wright on September 30, 2002.

Frank is survived by his children, Barb (Jane Kerstner) Howe of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, Jim (Mary) Howe of LaPorte, Indiana, and Sue Wright of Springboro, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Susan Johansen of New Richmond, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jim (Theresa) Howe, Missy (Justin) Elek, Andrew, Kristin and Joshua Wright; and great-grandchildren, Luke and Elise Elek, Leyna and Lydia Howe.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church, 1101 Michigan Avenue, LaPorte, Indiana. Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Unity Foundation of La Porte County for the Ruth M. Howe Nursing Scholarship Fund at  or to the Compassion Fund at Graceworks Lutheran Services at

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August 11, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church
1101 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350

Mass of Christian Burial
August 11, 2023

11:30 AM
Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church
1101 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350


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