Michael A. Howard, 72, of Casper, WY lost his courageous battle to cancer on July 2, 2022 at sunrise surrounded by his family. Mike was the strongest man we knew. He fought hard and never gave up in the face of adversity; his long battle with cancer was no different.
Michael Alan Howard was born in Mitchell, SD on November 22, 1949 to Francis J. Howard and Edith M. (Smith) Howard and was the 10th of 14 children. He grew up farming in Woonsocket, SD helping on both his parent’s farm and his eldest brother’s. He graduated in 1969 from Woonsocket Public High School.
Mike moved to Casper in 1970 where he met his wife Carol M. (Albert) Howard and they were married on March 30, 1974. They raised two children together during their 48 years of marriage.
Mike worked in the uranium fields in the 70’s and started his own backhoe service in the early 80’s and also began trucking driving and was a teamster until the 90’s at which point he concentrated on operating his backhoe, skid steer and excavation services. In the mid 80’s Mike became the leader of his children’s 4-H club where he dedicated many years to his children and others. His knowledge of “all-things” in life was vast and he never missed an opportunity to show those around him his ways or lend a helping-hand. He was a “teacher” of life and taught those around him lessons that can never be put to paper and are too many to put into words. He was an avid horseman and also helped teach his kids to raise pigs and show horses each year for 4-H. He eventually took up team roping with his son and traveled all over the state and surrounding areas enjoying roping competitions and time spent with son and horses. After his children moved out he began building a cabin on his property south of Casper in the Medicine Bow National Forest. His grandchildren were in awe as he “made” his own electricity and running water from a piece of land that started with nothing. Mike enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family, friends, horses, team roping, camping, fishing, hunting and spending time at the cabin he built in his later years. He will be missed dearly by all who were lucky enough to know him but especially his wife, kids and grandchildren from whom he was taken way too soon.
He is survived by: His Wife, Carol, Daughter, Colleen (Chris) Parsons, Son, Kevin (Bridgett) Howard, 5 Grandchildren: Adisen, Ethan, Aryas, Hayden and Abriela, Brothers: Frank (Larae) Howard, Doug (Delores) Howard, Wayne (Norma) Howard, Brad Howard and Sisters: Janice (Dom) Lepore, Theresa (Stan) Smeltzer, Lynda (Brad) Steichen, his Sisters in Law: Marlene (Pat) Howard and Sherri Adams and numerous nephews and nieces.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Patrick, Jerome, Jeffrey and his sisters: Irene, Carol and Retta.
Services will be held 11:00 AM. Thursday, July 14, 2022 Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with a reception to celebrate his life following at the Paradise Valley Country Club. Arrangements are under the care of Newcomer Casper Chapel.
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