Samuel "Sam"'s Story

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Samuel "Sam" J. Howard, age 67, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at Freeman Hospital following an illness.
Sam was born on October 6, 1949, in Joplin, the son of Stephen and Mary Elizabeth (Morgan) Howard. He has been a lifetime area resident. Sam was self-employed as an automotive service equipment salesman and repairman. He had an incredible sense of humor and enjoyed life. Sam raced funny cars for 20 years and was an avid wrestling fan. But most of all, he loved spending time and loving his family, rarely missing a ball game.
He married Patricia Maryman on October 20, 1978, in Miami, Okla. She preceded Sam in death on December 27, 2012.
Sam was also preceded by his parents and by a brother, Stephen L. Howard.
Survivors include a daughter, Mackenzie Pounds and husband, Tim, of Joplin; two sons, Dustey Howard and wife, Amber, of Joplin, Brad Howard and wife, Stormi, of Joplin; two sisters, Carolyn Howard, of Neosho, Mo., Marolyn Higgins, of Joplin; an aunt, Wilma Howard; and seven grandchildren, Tayler, Garrett, Sammy, Nolan, Tucker, Jaxon and Kaden.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will follow at Osborne Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on June 11, 2017
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