Sgt. Thomas John Howell an Army Veteran with the 555th Field Artillery Battalion and Korean War POW survivor parted our lives at age 89. He passed on February 25, 2019 in Lovington, NM.
Thomas was born in Felt, OK on January 20, 1930 to Charles Madison and Bessie (Stewart) Howell.
He grew up and attended school in Felt, OK, graduating as Salutatorian of his class of which there were seven students. Thomas served in the US Army in Tokyo, Japan and transferred to Korea with the 555th Field Artillery, 5th R.C.T. He was wounded in action and captured by the Chinese Forces on July 14, 1953 and was awarded The Purple Heart for his wound received in combat. He married Violet Bruder in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 27, 1973 and they raised eight children. They lived in Denver City, TX for many years and then came to Lovington in 1984. Thomas was employed for many years with SPS (now Excel). He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and he enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee at the coffee place. He liked reading and fishing and traveling to see their grandchildren. He was a family man and loved having his family around. He will be greatly missed.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one son: John Howell; two sisters; Dora Mae Rammage and Myrtle Riggs; and two brothers: Charles and Gerald Howell.
Surviving him is his wife Violet; three sons: Tom and wife Jolene Howell of Lincoln, NE, Matthew Howell and his fiancee, Kelly Anderson of Lovington; Mark Baxter and his partner, Julie Oligschlaeger of Houston, TX; four daughters: Theresa and husband Shawn Hubbell of Denver, CO; Teri and husband Lou LoBello of Appleton, WI, Rose Baxter of Denver City, TX and Kimberley and husband Jim Haiar of Sioux Falls, SD; one brother: Everett Howell of Tribune, KS; also a daughter-in-law: Debbie Howell of Lincoln, NE and twenty two grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations are made to the Chad O Foundation (Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlaeger Foundation for PTSD, Inc.) that helps Thomas's Brothers and Sisters in arms who are suffering with PTSD. Chad O helps Veterans heal from the trauma of ware through methods that do not require medication with a huge success rate. They have saved numerous Veterans from taking their own lives. Chad's mother and father have successfully created this foundation in honor of their son who passed from multiple drug toxicity due to the medications prescribed to battle PTSD. Chad's story and more information are on their website http://cplchdo.org/
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