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Robert "Buz" Howard

January 19, 1943 ~ August 22, 2017 (age 74)

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Robert “Buz” Howard, 74, of 714 Hawthorne Street, Saint Marys, Ohio, died 11:38 P.M. Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at his residence.

He was born January 19, 1943, in Saint Marys, the son of Robert and Mary Ann (Losh) Howard.

He married Cheryl Metzger on August 22, 1965, at Zion Lutheran Church in Saint Marys, and she survives at the residence.

He is survived by his two daughters: Susan (Doug) Howard-Byerly of San Antonio, Texas; Abby (Zach) Dunlap of Plymouth, Michigan.
He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Andrew Byerly; Vivian Byerly; James Dunlap; Thomas Dunlap; Calvin Dunlap.

He is survived by his sibling: Donna Wale of Saint Marys; John Howard of Troy, Ohio; Wanda Armstrong of Saint Marys.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by a brother, James “Jace” Howard; by a son, Thomas A. Howard; by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Treva Metzger.

Buz graduated from Saint Marys Memorial High School, Class of 1961. He earned a BS from Bowling Green State University, and an MS from St. Francis University.

He retired from Saint Marys City Schools, where he had taught high school English for many years.During his tenure as an educator, he coached tennis, basketball, track and scholastic bowl. He was also an accomplished author, having published  five books related to the history of Saint Marys.

He was named a “Builder of Bridges” by the Saint Marys Community Foundation; he was a member of Eagles Lodge 767; and  a social member of VFW Post 9289. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Saint Marys. Buz was recently awarded the "Service Above Self Award" by the Saint Marys Rotary Club.

Funeral rites will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, September 3, 2017, in the Performing Arts Center at Saint Marys  Memorial High School, Saint Marys. Private family burial rites will be held at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in the Commons of Saint Marys Memorial High School, where memorial gifts may be given to either the Thomas and Jace Howard Scholarship Fund; The Heartfelt Fund; Grand Lake Hospice; or SART.
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 Service Information

September 3, 2017

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saint Marys Memorial High School
2250 Ohio 66
Saint Marys, OH 45885

Funeral Rites
September 3, 2017

3:00 PM
Saint Marys Memorial High School
2250 Ohio 66
Saint Marys, OH 45885

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