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William Howe

William Eugene Howe Sr.

Wednesday, April 6th, 1927 - Monday, November 16th, 2020
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William (Bill) Eugene Howe, 93 of Gering, Nebraska went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 16, 2020. A private graveside service will be held for family. A memorial service will be held at WestWay Christian Church, Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11 am officiated by his grandson, Aaron Prohs. Bill’s service will be life streamed on the WestWay Christian Church Facebook page for those that cannot make it. Visitation will be from 2-4 pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Bridgman Funeral Home. Masks are required. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s honor be made in care of Summit Christian College or Westway Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at
Bill was born April 6, 1927 to Charles and Mattie Howe in Alliance/Hemingford area and attended rural schools in that area. He met Betty Hall at Wild Horse Church, North of Bayard, and united in marriage on March 9, 1949. He and Betty lived near Minatare and helped his father farm. Bill was a preacher at the Wild Horse Church for more than a year. He later helped his brother with hay and worked part-time at the Sugar Factory. He began working for the Sunflower School District in 1954 as a Custodian/Maintenance Manager for the school buildings and surrounding areas until 1969. Bill and Betty worked together at O.M.R., Bill was Executive Director and Betty was Director of the Adult Program for many years. He worked in Custodial and Maintenance for Panhandle Mental Health and several local elementary schools in the Scottsbluff area until he lost his eyesight to macular degeneration.
Bill was a lifelong member of the Christian church, he served as a preacher, an elder, taught adult Sunday School classes for nearly 60 years as well as serving the church in many other areas.
They had five children: William, Catherine, Rebecca, Deborah, and Cherri. After the death of their daughter, Debbie, Bill and Betty adopted her children Melissa and Stephen. They also fostered several handicap children throughout the years. He was loving, caring and taught us all about the Word of God. He lived what he taught. He was an example of God’s Love throughout his life and a great example to all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and everyone he met along life’s journey.
Survivors include his children Bill (Carmie) Howe, Cathy Howe Mitchell, Rebecca (Carl) Schwarz, Cherri (Kenneth) Libsack, Melissa (Aaron) Prohs, and Stephen Howe, sister Bernice (Bunny) Greenwood. Grandchildren Billie Kay, Cassie, Betsy (Mark), Catina, Sean (Mary), Emily (Craig), Justin, Kendra, Joshua, and Zachary. Great-Grandchildren: Chris (Alyssa), Cassandra, Zephram (Erica), Hannah, Courtney (Nolan), Jadie (Jeffry), Brenna, Austin, Nathan, Mollie, Mitchell, Hunter, Abigail, Gauge, Olivia, Rhiley, Tabor, and Bryce; and great-great-grandchildren Patience, Kylo, Sophia, Weylyn, Ava, Jeremiah, Christopher and Oakleigh.
Preceding Bill in death were his wife, Betty, his parents Charles and Mattie, brothers Clair, Bob, Stan, and Donald, sisters Myrtle and Betty, daughter Debbie, and granddaughter Chantell.
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  • Service

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 11:00am
    WestWay Christian Church
    1701 W 27th
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  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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Christine Sue Fourman

Posted at 05:42pm
May God Bless all of you at this time. We are thinking of you all. We'll all miss Bill. The day after Bill's passing my devotional reading fit Bill's life. The reading was from John 11:17-27/Psalm 16- The emphasis being on this, Everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. John 11:26 The title "I Will See You Again". This verse brought me great comfort that day and through the week. As, well as, Psalm 16 vs. 1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Bill and his family have been a blessing to all who knew him and his family.
Love you all,
Ed and Christine(Lowry)Fourman

Janice Boender

Posted at 01:34pm
I and my brothers attended Sunflower School. We are Janice, Johnnie and Mike Carlson. We have very vivid memories of Bill and your whole family. We attended school with all of you Howe children. Bill was always smiling and kind to all of us. He was such a very hard working man and a wonderful christian example to all. This picture of him on this obituary is the way I remember him smiling at all times. God Bless all of you and be at peace knowing that he is at home with his Lord and Savior.
Janice (Carlson) Boender

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Posted at 09:08pm
Bill was one of the kindest, gentlest men I've ever known. He truly lived the Christian life. He will be greatly missed.
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