Roger Curtis Howard, 88, of Marsing, died October 29, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Roger was born on July 29th, 1932 in Hailey, the first of three children born to Hugh and Merle Gowey Howard. When Roger was six, he moved to Marsing with his parents, where they made a living farming. Roger attended school in Marsing participating in football, baseball, and 4-H.
Following his high school graduation in 1950, Roger packed his bags and headed to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho. Here, he pursued a degree in Agricultural Economics and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. During his Junior year at University of Idaho, Roger was set up on a blind date with a fellow Vandal, Eleanor Knutson. Roger and Eleanor were married shortly after in Lewiston, Idaho on August 30, 1953. With Eleanor to keep him in line, Roger graduated from the University of Idaho in May of 1954 with his Bachelors of Science Degree.
Upon graduation from U of I, he and Eleanor moved back to Marsing and began farming with his father. During their time on the farm off of Howard Road, they were blessed with four children: two girls and two boys. Roger later went on to farm with his son, Andrew, for many years. During his life he was involved in many organizations that served his community and state. He was a member of the Owyhee County Fair Board, County and State Farm Bureau Boards, Marsing City Council, ACS Committee, and a 4-H club leader. Roger was also a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Caldwell.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Merle Howard, by his two brothers, Jackie and Donald Howard, and by his Grandson, Jimmy Kent. Surviving him is his wife of 67 years, Eleanor; his children Cynthia (Lewis) Weeks, Rebecca Salove, Harold (Leslie) Howard, and Andrew (Pam) Howard; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his life-long friend Jack Muldoon.
A private family graveside service will be held in honor of his memory.