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Lewis Howells

Lewis & May HowellsLewis Howells, age 79, and his wife, Mayme “May” Howells, age 95,  of Huron, both died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  Their funeral service was held at 1:00 PM, Monday, April 13th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Morris Lashwood officiating. Burial was in the Moe Heights Cemetery near Alexandria, Minnesota at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 14th.  Memorials may be directed to the Beadle County Humane Society or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Huron. 

Lewis W. Howells was born February 17, 1930, in Morristown, Pennsylvania to Lewis and Kathryn (Schmeyer) Howells.  He grew up in Morristown and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in mining engineering.

Lewis served in the U.S. Army in 1952.  He moved to Huron in 1959 and was employed by the U.S. Geological Survey for 37 years, retiring in 1995.

He married Mayme Ranta October 9, 1965, and they resided in Huron.

Lewis enjoyed gardening and helping his wife with her ceramics shop. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, May; his daughter, Patricia Howells; and his stepson, John Ranta.

He is survived by his sons, Lewis, of Renton, WA and David (Barbara) Howells, of Crown Point, IN; his stepson, Fred (Barb) Ranta, of Golden, CO; his brother, Roger (Joyce) Howells, of Orefield, PA; his daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Ranta; three grandchildren, Jennifer Howells, Cindy (Randy) Hass and Roy (Diane) Ranta; and four great-grandchildren. 

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