Howard Lewis, a lifelong Yale resident, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in the Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater at the age of 74 years.
Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Yale, and will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday in the Assembly of God, Yale with Pastor Randell Newby officiating. He will be assisted by Lendal Bolin of the Yale Church of Christ. Father Emmanuel Nduka and Kenny Longrake of the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Cushing will be officiating the interment in the Highland Cemetery, Oilton.
Howard was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Maramec, the son of the late Jesse G. Lewis and Lucille (Collins) Lewis. In 1944, the family moved to Yale where he attended Yale schools and graduated in 1958. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he returned home and did various jobs including truck driving for Rowlands Rock Crusher, equipment operator for Payne County, and ODOT, Cushing district. He retired from Oklahoma State University in October 2002.
Howard is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Lewis; one son, Gregory Lewis of the home, one daughter Jennifer Sexton and her husband Jeff of Yale; three grandchildren Grayson, Kennedy, and Ainsley, of rural Yale, one brother, Henry I. Lewis of Yale, four sisters: Delilah Moore, and Brenda Bryer, both of Yale, Mary Grubb and her husband Toby of Skiatook, and Elizabeth Thomison and her husband George of Copan. Howard was preceded in death by his mother and father, and one sister, Jessie ConDee.
Howard was an artist and novel writer, authoring such books as “The Coronado Connection” and “Gold Across the Cimarron.” He wrote the popular “The Yale I Remember” in the Yale newspaper column for a number of years, and at one time had a column called “Yale, My Old Hometown” in the Drumright Gusher. Howard also did woodworking as a hobby. He enjoyed playing musical instruments and singing, especially gospel music and golden oldies from the 1950s.
Howard had a “good heart” as one friend described, and he made many friends in the Yale community and at the Life Center in Stillwater where he spent many of his last days. Howard was genuinely interested in other people and eager to help others in need.
Condolences and an online guestbook are available at www.PalmerMarlerFH.com.