Louis Grant Howe
March 10, 1924 – Jan. 10, 2014
Louis Grant Howe, 89, died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the Eagle Cliff Nursing Home in Billings. He was born on March 10, 1924, in Kane. This would have been his 67th wedding anniversary; however, his wife, Lora Mae Margret (Wagner) Howe, died 12 days earlier. He and Lora Mae were married on Jan. 10, 1947, in Billings.
Lou’s early years were spent in Kane, where he enjoyed the country life to the fullest. His desire to get out and discover the world started early when he joined the Army at age 16. Once the Army found out his true age he was released but only after spending two weeks on KP.
After a couple of years working odd jobs, he went to work for the railroad out of Greybull. During one of his stops in Frannie, he met Lora Mae. Together, they raised four children.
After the railroad, Lou went to work for Chicago Bridge and Iron, where he traveled throughout the county and once to Guam. He settled in Billings where he worked for Carter Oil Refinery (Exxon) for 10 years. Then, he helped establish the Pipefitters Union Local No. 30, where he was president for several years.
While with the union, he usually worked locally but at times had to travel the county to seek working opportunities. He settled in Colstrip when the power units were being built and lived in the area for more than 10 years. He retired from the union but could not help but stay active when he and Lora Mae purchased the Joliet Motel. After 10 years they sold the motel and moved to Billings to enjoy their family and friends.
Two years ago, due to failing health, he and Lora Mae moved to the Eagle Cliff Nursing Home in Billings, where they lived together in the same room until Lora Mae’s death just two weeks ago. They leave behind many friends and family but will be welcomed by many more that have passed before them.
Lou was preceded in death by his wife, Lora Mae (Wagner) Howe; his parents, William and Lita (Grant) Howe; brothers Theodore Howe and Edward (Pauline) Howe; and sisters Elsie (Cecil) Snell and Lulu Belle Howe.
Survivors include his children, Sandra Blackburn of Astoria, Ore., Steve of Park City, Mont., Marvin (Susan) of Glendive, Mont., and Gary (Sheila) of Billings; his brother Riley (Bessie) of Moab, Utah, and sister Lucy (Rufus) Snell of Billings; five grandchildren, (including Stephanie (James) Cox, who was like a daughter, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the LDS Church in Lovell. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at the Deaver Cemetery.
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