TUNBRIDGE — A memorial service for Ralph S. Howe, 95, who died Aug. 13, 2011 at his home after a period of failing health, was held Aug. 17 at the Tunbridge Church. Rev. Deadra Ashton officiated. A private committal service will be held at the Button Cemetery in South Tunbridge.
He was born Feb. 5, 1916, in Tunbridge, the son of Silverster H. and Etta (Webster) Howe.
He attended South Tunbridge Grade School and later South Royalton High School, graduating in 1933.
He worked on his father’s dairy farm, raised baby chicks and had laying hens, shipping several cases of eggs each week.
In 1942, he was drafted into the military, serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was an airplane mechanic, electri-cian and was stationed at a number of bases in the United States and England.
After returning from military service, he worked for a short time for his uncle James K. Howe and A.H. (Ollie) Magalsky. In Dec. of 1947 he became the rural route mail carrier for the town of Tun-bridge. This was a job he truly loved. He never had an accident or missed a day of work (except for the deer hunting season) In the 40 years he delivered the mail before he retired in 1987.
He was a member of The Boy’s’ Jigger 4-H Club where gardening was his main project. He exhibited his vegetables at the Tunbridge Fair and won many prizes. His gardens were always the best in town and many people would watch the progress of his peas from Route 110. He enjoyed sports, participating on the town basketball and baseball teams, was the baseball manager for several years and was a New York Yankees fan. H also enjoyed hunting deer, woodchucks and foxes, trapping, dancing at Dreamland Dance Hall, listening to big band music and going for Sunday drives on back roads with family and friends Ralph was a very generous man, giving to many different charities and for years he donated to the Town of Tunbridge Highway Fund to keep up the roads he loved to drive.
He is survived by two brothers; Harry Howe of Quechee and Merle Howe of Tunbridge; a sister, Arlene Stockwell of Tunbridge; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Clyde Howe and Ernest Howe; and three sisters, Grace Howe, Lillian Howe and Eleanora Frink.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions maybe made to the Chelsea Senior Center, PO Box 44, Chelsea, 05038.
The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea handled arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the August 18th print edtion of the Vermont Standard.
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