John Andrew "Honest John" Howard

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

(June 15, 1862 - April 15, 1954)


The Lusk Herald
April 22, 1954


John Andrew Howard

John A. Howard, nearly 92 years of age, died at the Spencer Hospital Thursday, April 15, from the infirmities of age. He had been taken to the hospital only that day but had been ill for several weeks.

Mr. Howard came to Wyoming from Nebraska in 1917 and homesteaded north of Lusk, then in 1926 Mr. and Mrs. Howard moved into Lusk. Mrs. Howard died here May 22, 1941 and since that time Mr. Howard has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Weymouth.

John A. Howard, son of Margaret and Sam Howard, was born June 15, 1862, at Pawnee City, Nebr. He was married to Miss Jennie Wamsley, Feb. 2, 1887 at Beatrice, Nebr. Two daughters and a son were born to them.

During his younger life he was an active member of the Methodist church, the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. His kindly ways endeared him to all who knew him and his friends and business associates called him "Honest John".

He is survived by his three children, Mrs. Hazel Weymouth and Mrs. Ruth Klemke of Lusk and his son, Gerald Howard of Fremont, Nebr., three grandchildren, Howard Weymouth of Dundalk, Md., Gerald Quinn of Burwell, Nebr., and Alice Marie Tabris of Kansas City, Mo., and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the Peet Chapel Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Jacob Nein, pastor of the Congregational church officiating. The songs "Rock of Ages" aand "Jesus Lover of My Soul" were sung by a quartet composed of Dan Christian, L. E. Johnsonbaugh, Gerald Bardo and Rex Yocum with Mrs. J. P. Watson as the accompanist.

Casket bearers were Sam Thomas, Sr., C. E. Marvin, Clarice David, Marvin Skillings, Stanley Kuns and Ray Christian.

He was laid to rest in the Lusk cemetery beside his wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Howard came from Fremont, Nebr., to attend the funeral.



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April 22, 1954
John Andrew Howard


Concluding services were held for the late John Andrew Howard at three o'clock Easter Sunday, April 18th, from the chapel of the Peet Mortuary. Rev. Jacob Nein, pastor of the Congregational-Christian church, officiated.

Enriching the services was the singing of "Rock of Ages" and "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" by a male quartet composed of L.E. Johnsonbaugh, Rex Yocum, Dan Christian and Gerald Bardo. Mrs. Judson P. Watson provided the organ accompaniment.

Interment was made beside the grave of his wife in the family plot in the Lusk cemetery. Casketbearers included C.A. David, C.E. Marvin, Ray Christian, Marvin Skillings, Sam Thomas, Sr., and Stanley Kuns.

John A. Howard, son of Margaret and Sam Howard, was born June 15, 1862 at Pawnee City, Nebraska. He passed away April 15th, 1954 at the age of 91 years and 10 months. He was married to Jennie Wamsley February 2nd, 1887 at Beatrice, Nebr. To this union were born three children, all of whom survive.

He spent the early days in Nebraska moving to Wyoming where he homesteaded in 1917. He and his wife moved to Lusk in 1926. Since the death of his wife on May 22nd, 1941, he has made his home with his daughter, Hazel Weymouth, in this city.

During his younger life, he was an active member of the Methodist church, the Masonic lodge, and Eastern Star. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. His friends and business associates called him "Honest John."

He is survived by his three children, Mrs. Hazel Weymouth, Lusk, Wyo., Gerald Howard of Fremont, Nebr., and Mrs. Ruth Klemke, of Lusk, Wyo.; three grandchildren, Howard Weymouth, Dundalk, Maryland; Gerald Quinn of Burwell, Nebr.; Alice Marie Tabris of Kansas City, Missouri; and three great grandchildren.








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