TUNBRIDGE —A memorial funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at the Tunbridge Town Hall in Tunbridge for Merle W. Howe, 90, who died Monday, April 28, at his Holstein Stock Farm in Tunbridge. There will be no public calling hours.
He was born Jan. 10, 1924 in Tunbridge, son of Silvester Heber and Etta May (Webster) Howe.
He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in South Tunbridge and graduated in 1943 from South Royalton High School in South Royalton. After graduation, Merle wanted to enlist and serve his country but was deferred because so many of his brothers were already serving during World War II.
Merle worked on the family farm helping his father and took over the farm in 1973. For over 68 years Merle milked Holstein cows and his brothers, Clyde and Ernest also helped on the farm. In 1999 he sold his herd but kept busy with haying the fields surrounding the farm.
On Oct. 6, 1963 he married Doris Stockwell of Tunbridge and lived all their married life in Tunbridge. Doris died Feb. 28, 1995.
He was a member of the Holstein Assoc., Sharon Horseshoe League, Tunbridge Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had served as chief and served as the Town of Tunbridge selectman for 10 years (1976-1986). He was the President of the Tunbridge Civic Club, had participated in every Minstrel Show for 62 years and was known by many as “The Troubadour of the Valley, Mr. Eightball.”
Merle enjoyed hunting, trapping, pitching horseshoes, making cider in the fall with his friend Craig Chapman, Sunday drives with his brother, Ralph and friend Calvin Ware and listening to baseball games on the AM Radio stations. For many years he played town team basketball, baseball and was known as one of the most aggressive third basemen in the league.
He is survived by two sons, Jody Howe of Hardwick, and Micky Howe and his wife, Heather Skeels of Northfield; a daughter, Channa Howe of Tunbridge; three granddaughters, Michelle and Jessica Howe and Rhiannon Howe and her mother, Shannon Knowles Stoddard; a brother, Harry Howe of Quechee; a sister, Arlene Stockwell of Tunbridge, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Ralph Howe, Ernest Howe and Clyde Howe; and three sisters, Grace Howe, Eleanora Frink and Lillian Howe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tunbridge Civic Club, 11 Ward Hill, Tunbridge, 05077. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
This obituary first appeared in the May 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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