Richard Preston Howe, 63, died Dec. 24, 2009.

He was born in Detroit, Maine Oct. 8, 1946, the second son of George and Florence (Turner) Howe. He attended schools in Detroit and graduated from Maine Central Institute in 1964. He proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1966-1970.

Richard served the town of Detroit in many capacities. He was on the board of selectmen from 1977-1978. He was the fire warden from 1974-1978 and served on the budget and shoreland zoning committees. He also served on the town road commission in Troy. Richard was a charter member of the Night Drifters Snowmobile Club, where he also volunteered his time for fundraising events for Pine Tree Camp.

He gave of his time at Seton Hospital, working with the patients in the stroke rehab program. He was employed by MSAD 3 for many years, retiring after suffering a debilitating stroke. He fought against the odds of even walking again and for many years had lived independently with the support of many, including Marian Howe.

Richard loved cars and was working on restoring a 1960 El Camino that he had driven home to Maine from California in 1971. He enjoyed driving and often drove 400 miles a day volunteering for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, which provides transportation for clients to medical and clinic appointments. He will be dearly missed by those whom he cared for.

He is survived by a son, Branndon Howe, and his wife, Laura, of Columbus, Ind.; a daughter, Courtney Howe, and her partner, Andrew Munger, of Pittsfield; three grandchildren, Trace, Barrett and Jackson; Marian Howe, the mother of his children, and her father, Stanley Millington, both of Pittsfield; two brothers, Wallace Howe of Pennsylvania and Jerry Howe and his wife, Debbie, of Detroit; two sisters, Sharon Curtis and her husband, Jerry, of Gardiner and Grace Rackliff and her husband, Donald, of Unity; a special niece, Monica Gaves, and her family from Harpswell; a special nephew, Brian Higgins, and his family from Albion, with whom he spent many hours each week; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and an infant sister.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m., at the Night Drifters Snowmobile Club, 98 Troy Road in Detroit, with the Rev. Liz Sullivan officiating. A committal service with full military honors will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to MaineGeneral Medical Center, Rehab Services, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.

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