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ADA  Memorial services for Jerry Gene Howard, 83, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tony Peak will officiate.
Mr. Howard passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1932, in Ada to Samuel B. and Ruby Standridge Howard. He attended Willard Grade School, graduated from Ada High School, attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University.
He married Shirley Braddock Dec. 6, 1974, in Ada.
Mr. Howard owned and operated Jerry Howard Heating and Air-Conditioning Service until his retirement. After his retirement, Jerry loved to travel and was a private pilot and a former Boy Scout master. He was a member of Lovelady Baptist Church.
Mr. Howard served in the U.S. Army with the 45th Division during the Korean conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of the home; three daughters, Wendy Collins, Sugarland, Texas, Shelley Stewart, Gordonville, Texas, and Tyna Kelley of Edmond; a sister, Sammye Collins, Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren, Amanda Sandoval, Ryan Collins, Jerilyn Fixico, Jesse Howard, James Stewart, Joseph Kelley and Jacob Kelley; six great-grandchildren and his extended family, Tony, Alicia, Kaitlyn, Cody Peak; along with several other loved ones.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Mark Howard, in 1990.
The family says those who wish may make memorials in honor of Amanda and Cristian Sandoval and Joseph Kelly, in the memory of Jerry Gene Howard, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2212 NW 50th, Ste. 158C, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Published on October 4, 2016
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