Jerry R. Howe

March 27, 1931 — March 10, 2020

Jerry R. Howe, 88, of Winamac, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac. 

He was born on March 27, 1931, in Winamac, to the late Theodore and Mildred (Robinson) Howe. Jerry graduated from Winamac High School in 1949. On Nov. 18, 1951, Jerry married Mary Ash who passed away on Sept. 23, 1991. They were married for nearly 40 years and were blessed with four sons, Rob, Mike, Don and Lee. Jerry endured a hardship in 2008, when Lee lost his battle with ALS. On Aug. 4, 1993, Jerry married Joann Hoffman who passed away on Oct. 4, 2014. 

Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1952-1955. He was a longtime member of the Winamac American Legion. He was a very knowledgeable country music fan and enjoyed attending country music concerts, especially those at the Blueberry Festival. Jerry had a true passion and understanding for the game of baseball that he passed on to future generations. During his youth, it became evident he was a talented athlete, playing baseball and basketball in school. When he was 19 years old, he was signed to a minor league baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns. During his time in the U.S. Coast Guard, he played baseball and basketball. Jerry was instrumental in the creation of the Winamac Little League and coached for more than 25 years during which time he touched many lives. 

Jerry was a hardworking and dedicated father and family man. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

He is survived by his sons: Rob [Connie] Howe of Winamac, Mike Howe of Rockmart, Georgia, and Don [Sue] Howe of Winamac; daughter-in-law Julie [Kenny] Howe Overwein of Florence, Kentucky; stepson Jeff Hoffman of Kewanna; stepdaughter Julie [Dan] Middleton of Warsaw; grandchildren: Eric, Evan, Molly, Donny, Beth, Ashlee and Andrew; eight great-grandchildren; sister Joy [Bill] Hintz of Winamac; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Theodore and Mildred (Robinson) Howe; first wife Mary (Ash) Howe; second wife Joann Hoffman Howe; son Lee Howe; and daughter-in-law Sherry Howe.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, and one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Rev. Edward Clark officiated. Burial took place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac. The American Legion and VFW provided military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac or ALS Association Kentucky Chapter. 

Online tributes may be offered at

(Pulaski County Journal — March 18, 2020)

Pulaski County Journal

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