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Jack Howe

Dec. 10, 1938-March 11, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident Jack D. Howe, 69, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., died at his home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, following a brief but difficult fight with cancer.

Jack was born to John A. "Bud" Howe and Mabel L. Howe on Dec. 10, 1938 in Detroit Lakes. After graduation from Detroit Lakes High School in 1957, Jack attended Northwest Telegraph School in Minneapolis. He then worked for the Minnesota State Highway Department until he entered the Army in 1961. He loved baseball and played on teams in the Detroit Lakes area.

Following his time in the Army, Jack worked for Howe & Jensen, Inc. and then as a youth recreation supervisor for the Job Corps. In 1967 he transferred to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish Genetics Lab in Beulah, Wyo., where he worked as a biological technician. Jack moved to West Virginia in 1979, when the genetics lab was relocated to Leetown. He retired from the USFWS in 1994. Most recently he enjoyed working part time at the Charles Town Races, where he operated the electronic message board. He was an avid golfer and sports fan and will be remembered by many as a close and caring friend.

Surviving Jack are his wife, Joyce Baker Howe of Shenandoah Junction; one son, Jason Howe of Shenandoah Junction; two daughters, Jill (Chris) Duklet of Watertown, S.D., and Jolyn Howe of Minneapolis; one brother, James Howe of North Branch, Minn.; two sisters, Janice Jarboe of Tiverton, R.I. and Jean Carrier of Detroit Lakes; and two grandsons.

The family will receive friends at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, US 340 at Halltown Road, Charles Town/Harpers Ferry, W.Va., from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 14.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, with Dr. Parker Hinzman officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown, W.Va.