Donald A. Howard


Don Howard left Edmeston on May 5th to be with the Lord.  He died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on the family farm in West Edmeston, New York, to Lynn and Edith Howard.  He graduated from Leonardsville Central School.  Don attended SUCO Oswego for a year before marrying the love of his life, Irene Baldwin, and transferring to SUCO Plattsburgh so they could both finish their degrees.  Their plans were altered with the arrival of their son Dave, and a year later with Dan.  Don worked one to three jobs while carrying a full load to support his family and graduate from college.

After graduation, he accepted a position in Niagara Falls for one year teaching first grade. He then returned to this area due to concerns for his father’s health and took a job at Edmeston Central School, where he taught for the next 32 years.  He started teaching kindergarten and first grade in Burlington Flats, which he loved.  However, the principal requested he move to junior high, because they needed some male teachers in those grades.  He taught social studies and science there for the rest of his career.  To increase his teaching skills, he attended summer school for four years at Colgate University, resulting in a Certification in Science Education.

Don always worked additional jobs, to support the family.  Some of his jobs included working as a helper for his mason, father-in-law, Hobart Baldwin, and selling microscopes to schools.  A car accident on the way home from a Florida vacation resulted in buying a new RV.  This in turn led to starting an RV business in 1964, which he ran until 1995, when he passed the business on to his youngest son, Dion.  

He never lost his love of farming.  At various times through the years, he owned cattle, ponies, pigs, chickens, goats, and rabbits.  He even toyed with having a pet skunk at one time, which lead to a very memorable night in the Wharton Creek with tomato sauce and Lysol trying to get rid of the smell.  Don loved horses and at one time owned 20 Pony of America (POA) ponies, to include a State champion, Stingeroo’s Tomahawk.  During that period, he was also involved in the POA Club.

He was active in many civic organizations at various times in his life.  He was a Boy Scout leader and member of the Edmeston Rotary Club for several years.  He was a volunteer fire fighter, and founding member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad for 45 years.

He is probably best remembered by friends for his love of music.  He sang in the 2nd Baptist Church choir for 50 years, and then the Methodist Church choir.  He participated in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Museum Christmas Gala choir and other area cantatas and choirs.  When the Peet Hook Community Players was formed, Don played a variety of roles in many of their productions.  He also, directed some Edmeston High School senior plays.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Irene (Baldwin); six children, David (Maryellen) Howard, Daniel Howard, Deborah (David) Pentecost, Dion (Kim) Howard, Donna Pesta (Travis), and Denys (John) Axtell; eleven grandchildren, Christine, Thomas, Rebecca, Matthew, Kayleigh, Jessica, Sienna, Megan, John, Morghen, Austin; and four great grandchildren, Tiernan, Abigail, Nathan, Lilliana and Evelynn.

He is predeceased by his brother Douglas; sisters, Jeanette Howard and Marylou Williams; and grandson Michael Howard.

Calling hours will be Monday May 8 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street Edmeston, NY.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday May 9 at the Edmeston United Methodist Church, 3 North St Edmeston with Rev. Rebecca Parry officiating. Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery, Edmeston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 2nd Baptist Church of Edmeston, United Methodist Church of Edmeston, the Edmeston Fire Department or Edmeston Emergency Squad in loving memory of Don.

11 thoughts on “Donald A. Howard”

  1. My sympathies to the Howard family. I am certain that I am but one of many many students whose interest in science was nurtured and encouraged by Mr. Howard, and for that I am truly grateful.

  2. Dave, Dan and all the family – So sorry we won’t be able to join you. Had scheduled several appts. for this week to get them out of the way before spring work. Your Dad will be missed by all, that’s for sure!!!!!!!!!

  3. Warm thoughts are with the family at this sad time. I have fond memories of the time I was with the Howard family for a short time in my life. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Alice Youmans Fazio

  4. My condolences to the family of Don Howard who was a very good teacher and well respected man. He will be missed.

  5. Mr. Howard was a multi talented man who blessed us all with the life he lived and the gifts God gave him. Heaven has gained a treasure that we were blessed with for a short while. I know you will miss him as much as I miss my Dad and Mom, but I thank God everyday that I was bless to have them in my life for as long as I did. God is with you always. Our heart goes out to you.

  6. My condolences to all of Don’s loved ones and friends. He was a wonderful colleague during my years at Edmeston Central School just across the hall from my classroom, 212. I admired his dedication to his profession and the enthusiasm he brought to his classroom. He had such a positive impact on his students. I’m so glad my years at ECS overlapped his near the end of his long career.

  7. You are all in my thoughts & prayers, forever grateful for all of the times (& vacations) he took care of me. Hoping your loving memories will help bring you peace and comfort. My sincerest condolences, Kim Lee

  8. My condolences to the Howard family. Clarence Houk Walworth, New York 14568 I loved seeing Howard on my visits to the coffee shop in Edmeston when I was in town for my yearly golf at Cooperstown.

  9. Another beautiful voice joins the choir of saints! Many of the best memories of my childhood were at Second Baptist Church with a score of hymns always harmonized by a tenor section of incomparable voices that included Mr. Howard and my dad… I can still close my eyes and hear them… My love to the family, and in particular to my dearest childhood friend Debbie. My prayers are that soon only the happiest of memories will fill your hearts.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to the Howard family. What a wonderful neighbor.

  11. My sincere condolences to Don’s family. I always enjoyed chatting with Don when in Edmeston. Don was a mentor to many and a great example for all to follow. He will be missed….Larry Boecklen

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