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John R. Howell

May 4, 1934 - September 26, 2020

John Howell, 86 of Shadyside, Ohio died on September 26, 2020 at Wheeling Medical Park in Wheeling, WV.

He was born May 4, 1934, son of the late John N. Howell and Beulah Workman Howell of Woodsfield, Ohio. He was a graduate of Woodfield High School, a graduate of New York Institute of Photography and attended University of Maryland.

He was an Army Veteran who served in the Ordinance Field.

John was a terminal manager for Interstate Freight Lines in Columbus and Cincinnati.

He was also a terminal manager for Commercial Lovelace Freight in Wheeling, WV. He retired from United Dairy , Inc. in Martins Ferry. John was also the owner of Howell’s Gun Rack in Shadyside.

He was the past Master of Shadyside Masonic Lodge #724, a charter member of Shadyside Eastern Star and Scottish Rite.

He also served as a volunteer EMT and firefighter for Shadyside Fire Department where he was named an Honorary Lifetime Member.

John was an active member of the NRA, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and Ohio Gun Collectors, and the Hawkins Muzzle Loading Rifle Club.

He was also a member of Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Niralee Reed Howell, who passed away on September 6.

He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Capt. Jay S. Howell, US Navy of Silver Springs, MD and Richard Howell of Woodsfield, OH and sister Kathleen Howell of Barnesville, OH.

John is survived by his daughter Kimberly (David) Lenz, a grandson Michael (Krista) Lenz and granddaughter Amanda Lenz,and his pride and joy his great-granddaughter Lorileigh A. Lenz, all of Shadyside, OH. He is also survived by a brother David Howell of Fremont, Ohio.

Friends and family will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3900 Central Ave, Shadyside, Ohio 43947 on Wednesday September 30, 2020 from 6-8 pm.

Firemans Last Call service will be held at 7 pm.

Masonic services will be held at 7:45pm.

Visitation continues on Thursday from 12pm until time of funeral service at the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church in Shadyside, Ohio at 1pm with Pastor Don Perks officiating.

Burial will follow at Belmont County Memorial Park Cemetery.

Military services will be held by the Belmont County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions will benefit the OR& W Fireman’s Association by going to “”.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Shadyside Chapel

3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church

3838 Lincoln Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm


Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church

3838 Lincoln Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm


Belmont County Memorial Park

P.O. Box 205
Bellaire, OH 43906

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