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In Memory of
Leon W. Howland

Leon was born on the farm south of Coldwater, Kansas on 06-29-26 to Martha Kindsvater and Harry Howland, Sr. On 08-11-46, he married his sweetheart, Ida Berniece Sample. On 06-11-16, 18 days short of his 90th birthday, he joined her, his angel McKinzie, and his best friends, Alfred Beagley, Ray King, Lee Trammell, Gene Ferguson, Wayne Smith, Don Bishop, Gene Province, and Rex Bradt, to celebrate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida's parents, Leonard and Hazel Sample, his siblings Harry, Jr. (Ella) Howland, Darlene (Francis) Jantz, and Betty (Walt) Miller; sister and brother-in law, LeOna (Loyd) Bradt; brother and sister-in-law, Larry (Mae) Sample: nephews Walter, Jr. and Harold Miller, Delaine Jantz, Eddy Howland; and his great-granddaughter, McKinzie Claussen.
He owned and operated the Freedom Motor Company for 50+ years. He served as a volunteer fireman and fire chief for 20 years, and was a strong supporter of the football team. He and Ida also worked for years with the local food pantry, and volunteered at the Museum. One of the highlights of his life was being chosen as the Old Cowhand in 2010.
He is survived by his children, Gwen (Gaylen) Winn of Fairview, Rosalie Bliss (Jerry Hale) of Woodward, and Brian (Rhonda) Howland of Freedom and their families; Rhonda (Tim) Brand and family of Perry; Jerri Lynn (Troy) James and family of Crescent; Christa (Matt) Haley and family of Guthrie; 30 great and great-great Grandchildren; one brother Dean (Sylvia) Howland and family of Orange Beach, AL; nephews LeRoy Bradt and family of Selman, OK; LesLee Bradt of Alva, OK; Alan Sample of Renton, WA; Kevin Jantz and wife of Dodge City; nieces Linda Miller and family of Hutchinson; Donna Howland of TX; Larry Howland of TX; and 30 grand and great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Wharton Funeral Chapel to be divided equally between the Freedom Museum, Freedom Fire Dept., and Freedom Ambulance

Freedom School
Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
More Info at whartonfuneralchapel.com
Published on June 16, 2016
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