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David "Toby" A. Howe

David "Toby" A. Howe

David “Toby” A. Howe, age 60, of Menomonie passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Dave was born in Menomonie on August 9, 1958.  He was the youngest son of Maurice and Eileen (Hofacker) Howe and grew up in Menomonie.  Dave graduated from Menomonie High School in 1977 and from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1981, with a degree in Business.  Dave married Lori Trainor, his high school sweetheart in 1984.   She fell in love with his sense of humor and big dimples.  They are the proud parents of two sons, Ryan and Kyle.

Dave was a son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, friend, neighbor, business owner, boss, bus driver, landlord, athlete, lover of sports, and a child of God.

During high school Dave worked in the meat department at Lammer's Grocery Store.  While attending college he was a bartender at the Flame Lounge in Menomonie. When Dave was young, he started working in the family school bus business.  One of his least favorite jobs was hand waxing the fleet of buses every summer, especially crawling around on the roofs of the buses.  Dave joined the family business full time with his father in 1981 and continued on after his father retired in 1991.  Dave was a hard worker and dedicated to his business.  He spent many an early morning, late night and weekends at the office or driving bus.  Dave was always a "people person" and loved to talk and socialize.  He owned several rental units in Menomonie, as well as Menomonie Mini Warehouses, which kept him very busy and allowed him to talk and meet even more people.  Dave was honored as 2003 Small Business Person of the Year.

Dave loved sports.  Throughout his younger years he enjoyed playing softball and was in several leagues.  It was not unusual for "Toby" to play softball 4-5 days a week; he loved the camaraderie and made many life-long friends during this time.

Although Dave loved his work, he took up golf because he knew he needed a hobby and enjoyed Monday-night league at Whitetail Golf Course with his close friend Scot Miller.  He enjoyed spending weekends during the summer at the family cabin up North and golfed there as well, and on Sundays in Menomonie with a couple of his close buddies.  He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan.

He treasured his time at the Turtle Lake cabin as well as time in Florida with family and friends.  

Dave was a kind man who generously and quietly helped out many when they were in need.  Dave was a good man who valued hard work, honesty, and integrity.  He will be dearly missed every day for his kind smile, infectious laugh, and friendliness.  He will live in our hearts forever.

Dave is survived by his wife Lori, two sons, Ryan and Kyle (Brooke) both of Menomonie; his mother Eileen, of Menomonie; a brother, Tom (Joanne) of Sheboygan, and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Maurice; grandparents, Ed & Ann Hofacker and Carl and Ann Howe.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 PM Friday at the Menomonie Middle School. 920 21st Street.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. John Mano officiating.  Burial will be at a later date.

There will be a "Remembrance Box" at the visitation and service.  Guests are encouraged to write down their memories of Dave and place their written memories in the box."

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be put into a general memorial fund until we determine how to best honor Dave. 

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com



  1. Diane Gerth

    David, I will miss you and our conversations and advice. God has a plan for you and he needed you. Prayers and love to David's family. "The wheels on the bus goes round and round" for you.

  2. Matt Hoeft

    An all around great guy, enjoyed our golf outings...you will be missed Dave.

  3. Ronnie and Judy Hoyt

    Sadden by your loss, thinking of your family with our prayers.

  4. Jeff Hotter

    My sincere sympathy to The Howe Family. Such a sad time and unexpected. I grew up with Dave and played softball and drank beer with Dave (Toby). So many good memories. He will be sadly missed by many.

  5. Annette Hefti

    Many times through the years I was at the Howe residence and calls would come in for Dave.
    Dave was always so positive whether it was a student locked out of an apartment, snowblowing that needed to be done or someone needing help. God has put his call in for Dave and our hearts go out to Lori, Ryan Kyle, Brooke, Eileen and the entire community who mourns his loss. Dave you were so loved and appreciated, thank you for being in our lives.

  6. Jim Knutson-Kolodzne

    Dear Mrs. Howe,
    Beth and I offer our condolences & our thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  7. Kelly (Dusso) Moller

    Lori and family, I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I remember him as such a nice guy. May your cherished memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  8. Kim (Trask) Turner

    Lori & family, I am so sorry for your loss ~ my deepest sympathy

  9. Cheryl (Gebhart) Latshaw

    Lori and family,

    I was so saddened to hear about Dave’s accident and passing. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Cheryl (Gebhart) Latshaw

  10. John Marose

    Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Dave. Playing ball for Dean's, bartending together, driving bus and many more. A very tragic loss, but he will live in my memory forever. God bless.

  11. Dave Holden

    Dave was a friend in high school, I saw him seldom since. I've heard so many good things about him over the years. Be proud to have been part of his life.
    My deepest condolences.

  12. Janelle Hinrichs

    Dave was always the one I called to get help with busing issues during Summer School. He was a fantastic guy and will be missed by his family and the community. Your family has my deepest sympathies. Rest easy Dave.

  13. Mike and Marilyn Wilson

    RIP Dave, you were truly a wonderful soul and a great man to work for. Prayers for your family and friends.

  14. Kory Turgeson

    I was so sad to hear the news of Dave's passing, he was a great guy and a better boss. I had the pleasure to work for Dave for four years and he will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to the entire Howe family.
    Kory and Susan Turgeson

  15. Clarice & Bill Simmons

    I am a third cousin of David's and would like to send my condolences. Prayers to the family.

  16. Rose

    I love you

  17. Sue (Decker) Hatcher and Ken

    With heavy hearts we share your loss...May God comfort you in this indescribably painful time.

  18. Barbara Grant Reid

    Prayers to the family and community throughout this difficult time. May Dave rest in the arms of his savior.

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