He was a veteran of World War II from 1942-1945 with service in Europe. Many reunions followed with fellow serviceman. Howard "Russ" received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture and master's in Agriculture from Ohio State University. He had been an agriculture teacher, 4-H Club agent and county agent. He retired as an area farm management agent for several counties for OSU extension in 1982. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dover, an associate member of the St. James United Methodist Church in Sarasota, FL, member and past Master of Masonic Lodge F & AM, member of the Tuscarawas Valley Ruritan Club, Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau, Alumni Club of Ohio State University, and the VFW of Dover.
Russ is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Showalter; daughter, Susan (William) Hoffmeyer of Massillon; daughter, Sandra Showalter of Nashville, TN; and step-granddaughter, Rhonda Hoffmeyer of New Philadelphia.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Wood of St. Clairsville.
Memorial services will be held in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:00pm with Pastor David Kowaleski officiating. Following the service, the Dover VFW will conduct military honors at the funeral home. Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 pm. A meal will be served at the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center.
Those unable to attend, or who would like to share a fond memory of Russ may do so by visiting the "Obituaries & Flowers" link on the funeral home's website. Memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave, SW New Philadelphia, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777.
Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover