Tom Howard was born May 3, 1944 in Hobart, Oklahoma to Lura and James Thomas Howard, Sr. He passed away May 24, 2017 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 73 years and 21 days.
Tom was raised in Hobart until the family moved to Neosho where he graduated from high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was a salvage and rescue diver during his tenure and earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Stars. After his discharge, he entered the oilfield industry, working as a roughneck, welder and operated his own Hot Oil business. He was married to Bobbie White at Neosho, Missouri on December 31, 1986 and they remained there for several years until moving to Reydon, Oklahoma. Tom continued to work in the oilfield and owned Tom’s Welding Service until his retirement. He and Bobbie had recently moved to Elk City to make their home. Tom enjoyed fishing, doing yard work, woodworking, collecting and watching movies and listening to music.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, James Thomas Howard IV, a brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, of the home; 5 children, Angel Fults and husband, Mitch, Cheyenne, OK, Tommy Howard, Reydon, OK, Trisha Fishburn and husband, Kenny, Ada, OK, Gene Putman and wife, Jessica, Elk City, OK, and Melody Pennington and husband, Perry, Reydon, OK; 14 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives, and friends.
Memorial services will be held May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Rose Chapel officiated by Dr. Ron Henning. Condolences can be made online at www.whineryfs.com