Maxwell George Howard Jr.

GLADSTONE – Maxwell George Howard Jr., 74, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2013, at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba. He suffered with Alzheimer’s and passed following a recent diagnosis of cancer.

Max was born on Aug. 20, 1938, in Flint, Mich., the son of Maxwell George and Emma (Lagness) Howard. He was the middle child of three. He attended Mt. Morris High School. Max was remarried on April 25, 1974, to Kathy Standerfer. They would have celebrated their 39th anniversary later this month.

Max and Kathy moved to Gladstone in 1978. He worked at the Mead Paper Mill for 22 years as a water tester in the boiler house until his retirement in 2000. Max enjoyed going to his camp in WaWa, Canada, the deer palace in Alger County, geocaching, woodworking and raising his golden retrievers. Max graduated from Santa School in Midland, Mich., and later posed as Santa Claus for private parties and at the local animal shelters. He was known as “Grandpa HoHo”.

Max is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Sherri (Dale) Osterhout of Cadillac, Mich., Brenda (Bruce) Reinstadler of Richmond, Texas; stepdaughter, Mary (Gary) Oakley of Harrison, Mich.; son, Gerald Howard of Midland, Mich.; stepson, Bruce (Cheryl) Dykes of Gladstone; grandchildren, Amber (Chad) Osterhout-McBride of Coleman, Mich., Ashley Osterhout of Richmond, Texas, Andrew Osterhout of Richmond, Texas, Michael Reinstadler of Richmond, Texas, Natasha Howard of Richmond, Texas, William Howard of Midland, Mich.; step-grandchildren, Kali Dykes of Gladstone, Mich., and Bryce Dykes of Gladstone, Mich.; brother, James (Virginia) Howard of Goodrich, Mich.; and his best friend, Pal.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Emma; his sister, Maryann Lowell; and man’s best friends, Kodi, Murphy and Wally.

Max had a love for animals so his family respectfully requests the memorial donations in Max’s name be directed to the Delta Animal Shelter. A private memorial service for Max will be held at the convenience of the family.

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