David R. Howell, 90, of Tinton Falls and formerly of Red Bank, passed away at his home in Seabrook Village on Saturday, December 3. He was born in Phillipsburg to the late David W. and Olive M. (nee Gaffney) Howell. David graduated from Phillipsburg High school in 1943.
He proudly served the Army Air Force in World War II, enlisting in September of 1943 at the age of 17. While enlisted, he trained as a Waist Gunner on B-17s, was an Athletic Instructor and earned a Marksmanship badge as a member of the AAF Air Crew. He later graduated from Churchman Business College, located in Easton, Pennsylvania.
He enjoyed a very successful career as a sales representative in the paper manufacturing industry, working for Riegel Paper Corporation and Rising Paper Company. He was a 30-year member of the YMCA and served on the Board of Directors for the Shadow Lake Residents Association, rejuvenating their Democratic Club.
A favorite pastime was playing golf on the beautiful green at Shadow Lake Village, Red Bank, where he resided before moving to Seabrook. Civically, he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and a devoted volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years.
David was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Marie Howell, whom he married in 1951, passing in 1991; his sister, Mary Delores McCormick; and a brother-in-law, James A. McCormick. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Barbara (Tighe) Doyle-Howell; their loving children, Lawrence, Rosemary K. Dwyer (John), David (Lou-Ann) and Sally A. Warner (Mark); and his dear grandchildren, John and Katherine Dwyer, Heather Obrochta, Ryan Howell and Alex D. Warner.
Visitation will take place at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, on Thursday, December 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, December 9 at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Bridge and Chestnut St., Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in David’s memory to HABCORE, PO Box 2361 Pearl St. Red Bank, NJ 07701 appreciated. Please Visit David’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.
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