Leslie Howard

Leslie William Howard

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Les entered into eternal life on March 16, 2019 joining his beloved wife of 61 years, Kay Mathews, and his sister, Marion Howard.

He was born on March 6, 1927 in Ashland Wisconsin, the eldest of five children, to the late Leslie A. and Margaret Howard.

Les is survived by a loving family: daughters Linda Juech (Tom) and Kyle; a son Michael (Debra); grandchildren Michelle Disterhaft (Derrick), Katie Reinke (Brad), Jayson Howard (Julie) and Jaymie (fiancé Scott) Howard; great-grandchildren Kaden and Mason Disterhaft, Ben Reinke, and Afton Howard; a brother Bob (Julie); sisters Shirley Davis and Geradine Randby (David); and numerous other relatives. He loved spending time with his family and being brought up-to-date regarding their ventures.

Les was a veteran having served for three years in the navy, and has participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. After his tour of duty, he returned to Ashland and attended Northland College.

While at Northland College (1948-1952), Les continued his interest in playing basketball. He became the most prolific scorer in the college’s history, setting a single season scoring record of over 400 points and a four-year record of over 1500 points. He was the first player to ever be named first-team all-conference all four years. On November 9, 1968, Les was inducted into the Northland College Hall of Fame. After college he remained active in sports, playing “pot belly” basketball and officiating WIAA football and basketball.

In 1958, the Howard family moved to West Bend, where for the next 26 years Les continued his career in education, teaching at McLane School, Silverbrook Middle School, and from 1970 until he retired in 1986 as principal at Badger Middle School. The Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE) presented the Stoltenberg award to Les for his outstanding leadership in middle school education, and he always said that the award belonged to the dedicated staff at Badger, as much as to him.

The family would like to thank all the friends and staff at the Cedar Ridge complex, the New Perspective senior facility, and Allay Hospice Services for the care and fellowship they shared with him.

Funeral Services for Les will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday March 22nd at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend, WI 53095). Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to COLUMNS: The Les and Kay Howard Scholarship (P.O. Box 397, West Bend, WI 53095) will be appreciated.

Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is Assisting The family
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 6:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 |
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
    Washington County Memorial Park
    Address Not Available


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Mark Karstedt

Posted at 11:16pm
My condolences to the Howard family. Your father was my principal at Badger Middle school. He was fair, strict when needed but always had a good sense of humor. He provided me a lot of latitude when it was needed in my life, and believed in my abilities. He encouraged me to try harder and be patient with myself and the outcome. I am grateful to have shared time with him during this life. God speed. Regards, Mark

Michael J. Morris

Posted at 03:16pm
God Bless Mr. Howards family and friends at this time of sorrow. Mr. Howard was my Principal at Badger Middle School in the early 70"s. I remember him being so Tall that you could see him over All the kids going down the hallway. I had a chance to reacquaint with him shortly before his passing as the transport service that took him back to the New Perspective for hospice care. Actually both me and my EMS partner remembered him as our middle school principal and it brought back a lot of Great memories. We had a Brief but Great talk with him at that time. I stilled called him Mr. Howard. It did not feel right to call him by his first name. My EMS partner and I were very Happy to make his ride a memorable one for him.

Michael J. Morris, Lifestar EMS

Melvin Walters

Posted at 03:01pm
Our sympathy to the family. We were sad to hear of Les's passing as Shirley and I had him as a principal. He was a great educator and was always concerned about the student. We will miss him at our Badger get togethers at Iron Ridge. S

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