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Mark W. Howe

November 28, 2014
Estherville News

Funeral services for Mark W. Howe, 59, of New Sharon formerly of Ringsted, were held 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 with Pastor Lauri Boysen officiating. Interment was at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Ringsted.

Mark Wesley Howe, born Feb. 12, 1955, left this earthly life and flew "On Eagles Wings" to his Lord and Savior on Nov. 15, 2014. He was born in Estherville, Iowa to Gordon and Patricia Howe and was raised and educated in Ringsted. He graduated from Ringsted High School in 1973 and Mankato State University in 1978. He started his teaching career in Mingo, Iowa and in 1983 moved to New Sharon, Iowa. He taught math and coached girls basketball, base ball and girls track. He also, directed the class play for several years.

Mark's career at North Mahaska was full of achievements

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Mark W. Howe

At one time, North Mahaska did not have a cross-country team. Mark volunteered to coach the kids who were interested and took them to meets. As a track coach he won a prestigious award for "Winning Coach of 1985", and honored as Girls Track Coach from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches in 2003 during the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Many former students have shared throughout the years that they were prepared for math in college after taking Mark's classes in high school.

But more than school lessons and plays on the basketball court or timing the 100 meter dash, Mark taught his students integrity, honesty, compassion, and to believe in themselves and to trust in the Lord.

It is difficult to sum up a life that encompasses so much. Mark was a "Community Man", involved in his home of New Sharon in so many ways. A lesson learned, no doubt, from his parents in Ringsted. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in New Sharon where he developed a profound love of God and our Savior, Jesus Christ, originally nurtured at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ringsted. He became a student and teacher of the Word and often served as Lay Pastor in the community and surrounding communities when called upon to fill in for vacationing Ministers.

Golf, fishing, hunting, enjoying the outdoors. All part of the man Mark was. He so enjoyed all the pleasures of the outdoors. He enjoyed working and managing Prairie Knolls Golf Course and every morning was up with the birds and mowing greens and checking fairways with all those who worked side by side with him to ensure the golf course was "up to PAR" for the community to play on. His sisters, Tami and Becky and their husbands so enjoyed playing with him and being at the golf course. (Even though, Becky, chipped her way around the course!!! Always giving her tips and how to place her feet. The last 9 she graduated to driving the cart!)

Mark was so in love with Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. He loved the area and the view off the deck of Mom and Dad's home. Taking the boat and fishing for lake trout, rainbow's, and kokanee was a pleasure. Of course, we used to joke about drowning worms and cleaning lures instead of catching anything. But, with Mark in the boat, he was the one who always reeled something in. He also enjoyed fishing off our dock and helping the little nieces and nephews put worms on hooks and reeling in their big catch. He also, taught the kids to ski. Tami and Susan's kids were pulled behind the little fishing boat when they were 5 to 7 years old. Now, they are the masters of the boat, skiing and docking. They all learned from "Uncle Mark" how to drive and park the boat at the dock, starting with the row boat and the little motor.....Oops!, where did you put the oars? Guess you'll have to swim it home!!!! Lessons learned!

Son, brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, best friend, teacher, companion; we will miss him so much.

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his father, Gordon Howe, brother Stephen Howe, and, sister, P. Susan Howe DuLaney.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Patricia Howe, of Sagle, Idaho, sisters; Tami (David) Murray of Kansas City, Mo., Becky (Greg) Sturm of Medical Lake, Wa.; brother-in-law, Tom DuLaney of Mechanicsville, Maryland; Nephews Joseph Bowers, Spokane, Wa. and Andrew Bowers of Tucson, Ariz. Stephen Murray, Kansas City, Mo. And niece, Patrice (Jimmy) Murray-Pitts, Kansas City, Mo., the Jensen cousins, and great nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and , without doubt, brother Billy Hansen, always there for us. Also, special friend, Dale Renaud, of New Sharon, and the multiple friends in the communities of Ringsted and New Sharon.

We know he and Susan are now in charge of Fantasy Football league at the "Viking Control" in Heaven!

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