Daniel “Dan” Howe II, 80, of Mitchell, Oregon passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020. Due to restrictions, there will be no public services at this time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local food bank, renew life by planting a tree or comfort someone who is struggling.
Dan was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Daniel Leo and Margaret Teresa Howe.
From a distance, Dan appears a simple man with a braided belt, a white tee shirt, patched jeans and wild hair. Once closer, you can see the big smile under his “soft” wiry mustache, hear his deep warm comforting voice tell a story about his mom and grandma’s fried chicken, and watch his huge well worked hands dance as he explains a concept, raise a chalice, handles a baseball glove or plucks an apple. Then you feel the loving calmness of his spirit.
Though gentle and kind, he was a powerful force for mutual respect, social justice and compassion.
As the oldest of five siblings: brothers; Steve (Frances), John (Candy), Mike (Marsha) and sister, Mary Ann, he had many stories of growing up playing ball in the Kansas heat, washing diapers, scrubbing floors and work at Walter’s Corner Grocery.
His philosophy and deep wisdom grew not only from family experiences but also from the friends, monks and priests at Conception Abbey, (here he was ordained in 1964) and from his years of serving in the inner city of Kansas City.
While ministering there, he met his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, and married in 1968. After their sons, David and Mark (deceased) joined them, the journey led to Mitchell, Oregon where the three built their home and established an organic apple orchard and engaged in other “farming” adventures. Concurrently, construction opportunities built lasting friendships, as well as houses. He loved working as a family with David at his sided for so many years.
He was thrilled when David and Sandra married and gifted his life with two awesome, loving granddaughters, Jazlin and Keira.
Dan offered himself to enrich others until there was nothing left. However, his love remains with us all forever.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements: 3168 NE 3rd Street – Prineville, Oregon 97754 (541) 416-9733.
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