William Thomas Howell

Born: Tue., Dec. 29, 1942
Died: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

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William Thomas Howell, 75, passed away at his home on December 3, 2018. He was born on December 29, 1942 in St. Ignatius, MT to Jensen and Mary (Patelzik) Howell and lived his life in Moiese on the family ranch/farm.


Bill graduated from Moiese Elementary School in 1956 and graduated from the class of 1960 from Charlo High School. He attended the University of Montana then enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1965.


He cared deeply about the Moiese and Mission Valleys and defined being a good neighbor - always ready to lend a hand. His love of fishing, the outdoors, his family & his friends were the emphasis of his life.


Bill will be missed by his wife Marlene; daughters, Lynn (Kent) and Patti; son Rick; mother Mary; sister Carol (Rich); 5 grandchildren, 4 great – grandchildren, one nephew and family and many relatives and friends.


To honor Bill’s wishes, there will be no service. Celebrate Bill, his life and his memory by being a good neighbor…and maybe take someone fishing.

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Connie Coulter Sills
   Posted Mon December 10, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss Mary. Mothers should never bury their children no matter how old. Also to you Carol for the loss of a wonderful brother.

To the Howel children and widow, I didn’t know you but wish you the best during this sad time of adjustment

Angelika Brooks
   Posted Tue December 11, 2018
Dear Mary,
while I usually do not express our sympathy in this manner, it does make it possible to get in touch since I have no mailing address for you.

Please know that our hearts and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time and we hope that you will find peace in the knowledge that Bill is in a better place now. Surely there are streams full of fat trout where he can be happy again.

He will be missed by many.

Earl and Angela Brooks

Kate Estes
   Posted Sun December 16, 2018
Marlene & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart felt condolences.
Bill was a good person, a very kind man. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Russ Parrish
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
Dear Marlene, Rick, and family,

So sorry to see Bill passed. He was such a fun and amazing person. I still think of a time when Bill, Rick, and I went pike fishing and while trying to trailer the boat Bill wound up floating down the river. One of my funnest memories. (I don't think Bill would have remembered it as being one of his favorites though) Please holler if you need anything or we can help with anything. We love you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Parrish Family

Debbie(Stipe) & Jack May
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
To Bill’s family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of a life well lived. May you all be blessed with happy memories that you shared with Bill. May God be with you all. Deb & Jack May

Shane Willson
   Posted Mon December 17, 2018
Marlene and family
I am sorry to hear of Bill's passing.
He was a good man

Anita Matt
   Posted Tue December 18, 2018
Again, I send my heartfelt sympathy to Bill's family. I will share the story of Bill as he was a very kind and generous man. I will miss his waives and smiles as he passed with his boat heading to the river to get the big one.

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