Robert “Bob” Kent Howard, 68, passed away at his home on Sept. 27, 2009, with family by his side.
Robert was born Aug. 5, 1941, in Portland, Ore., to James Robert and Grace (Hall) Howard. He grew up in Portland and attended Sellwood grade school and graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Northwest Nazarene University.
Robert was an accomplished artist and won a national oil painting competition when he was 17. The painting of Rocky Butte still hangs in the Carnegie Institute.
Bob was also quite the musician: He was an accomplished pianist and trumpeter. He won the National Youth For Christ competition in Wynona Lake, Ind., and as an adult, played his trumpet for Warner Brothers Studios and with Louis Armstrong.
He also enjoyed playing many other instruments: For several years, he played the flugelhorn for the Salem Singers, a Christian men’s singing group.
He was a journeyman plumber working both in the union sector and also privately for 25-30 years. In his later years he worked in the outdoor sports section at Walmart, which he enjoyed because of his own interest in the great outdoors, which includes hunting elk and deer; he also liked barking at bear cubs. He loved camping in the woods and gold mining.
He was a master storyteller to whoever would listen and a lover of animals, especially cats; he will be missed by all.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen S. Howard, and stepson, Travis Dunbar, of Hood River, Ore.; his daughter, Traci Lentz, and her husband, Dreng, of Portland, Ore.; sister Janice Weathers, of Yachats, Ore.; and stepdaughters Lori Graham and Dixi; and grandson Theo Howard, of Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kelly Kent Howard.
The family suggests that memorials be made in his name to the Kidney Foundation and sent in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are pending, under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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