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Donald E. Howard

August 28, 1929 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 92)

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Donald E. Howard, age 92, of Wausau passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 with his family by his side.  He will be deeply missed.

Donald was born on August 28, 1929 in the Town of Maine to the late Harry and Lillian (Lemke) Howard.  He graduated from Wausau East High School in 1947 and went on to earn his BA from Valparasio University in 1951.  He then enlisted in the United States Marines and served his country during the Korean War.  Upon his return from Korea he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Beilke on October 2, 1954 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wausau.  Don worked as a CPA until his retirement at age 87.  He began his career as member of general accounting firm and he later become partner and owner of Krause, Howard, & Company.  Don and Mary Ann enjoyed traveling together and with their children.  They visited all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico, during summer “car trips.”   They were also able to visit Australia and extensively toured Europe.  Don had a number of hobbies, including woodworking, square dancing, puzzles and playing cards.  He enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found fishing or boating.  He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 10, VFW, Town of Texas Lions Club, Wausau Elks Club, and the Wisconsin Society of CPAs. His pride and joy were his grandkids and he loved being a part of their lives however he could.   

Don is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Ann Howard of Wausau; daughter Sheila Misso (Gary Roberton) of Rochester, MN and two granddaughters Christina and Angela; son Daniel (Karen) Howard of Charlotte, NC and two grandsons Matthew and Jonathan; brother Dale Howard of Illinois; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Besides his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his brother Harry Howard Jr and sisters-in-law Martha Howard and Mary Ann Howard. 

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Rd, Wausau. The Rev. Kemp Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 11:00 am until the time of service at the church on Friday.  Masks will be required. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 

The family would like to thank Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice for their care and compassion. 


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January 21, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Edgewood, Wausau)

Funeral Service
January 21, 2022

1:00 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Edgewood, Wausau)

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