Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

March 15, 1928 - January 18, 2013

Leslie Howard

March 15, 1928 - January 18, 2013


Lt. Col. Leslie T Howard, USAF (Retired), born in Miliken, LA in 1928 to the late Charles and Gladys Howard. Brother to his siblings: Charles, Edwin, Margaret, Henry Maureen, Donald and Jim.

Les attended McBride High School and St. Louis University where he obtained his Master Degree in finance.

He married Eleanor (Ellen) Wilson in 1951 and they had three children: Susan Lieber, Diane Cuyler (Scott) and Jeanne Howard. He had five grandchildren; Brian Gandolfo, Katherine Cuyler, Madeline Cuyler, Jessica Kemp, Johnny Kemp, and great-grandson Zion Gandolfo.

Les was in the Marine Corps from 1946-1947 and later joined the U.S. Air Force retiring after 34 years of service. He also worked at Mckendree College in Lebanon, IL for five years in the finance department.

He spent his retirement in Laguna Niguel, CA from 1990-2013. He was a gifted athlete and enjoyed soccer, golf, and basketball. He will be remembered for his love of God, family and country.

We will all miss him, but know he is peaceful in the hands of God.

A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday January 29, 2013 11:00am at St. Timothy Catholic Church 29102 Crown Valley Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. A visitation will take place at the church at 10:30am, prior to mass. Burial will take place at Mira Mar National Cemetery 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122, following the mass.

Donations can be made in memory of Les to: Healing Hearts Association http://www.hhassn.org/

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12 responses to Leslie Howard

  1. Susan Leiber says:

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  2. Jerry Cronin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

    I have fond memories of the vacation our families took together at Ranch Roy-L in 1968. I remember Les’ fun loving nature that made the entire trip more enjoyable.

    To this day, I’m sure that it was Les’ idea to tell everyone that he and my dad caught all those dozens of fish that someone had given them. They sounded pretty sincere that they had hooked them all, and didn’t confess the truth until later that night after repeated prodding by the kids. Dinner was quite a feast.

    That was my first experience with a “fish story” and they had me convinced, hook, line, and sinker.

    Jerry Cronin

  3. Scott Cuyler says:

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  4. Dan Cronin says:

    My family joins in the condolences from St. Louis, where Les Howard and his family touched so many lives. The time and miles apart never lessened the warm affection and high regard which Les left behind.

    – Dan Cronin

  5. We want to send our deepest condolences to your family. The times that we spent with all of you when we lived in California are memories that we treasure. Dan and I will never forget coming to your house for Thanksgiving and listening to the wonderful toasts from Les year after year. Words can’t express how wonderful it was to spend time with you when I was so far away from Mom and Dad. We will be thinking about all of you during this difficult time. We wish we could be there. Love to all of you!
    Dan and Cathy Daugherty

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