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George O Howen

George O Howen

George O. Howen

George was born on June 25, 1947 to Edwin and Clara (Schroeder) Howen in their family farm house in Popple River near Long Lake Wisconsin.  He passed after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his family in Durand Wisconsin.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Edwin Junior, Dale, Roland, Art, Ben, Rich, Gertrude(Trudy) Edwina and Tom.   Surviving siblings, Jim, Audrey(Mickie), Allen, Donald and Lloyd.

The family moved from Popple River to Milwaukee where he attended grade school then to Bristol in Kenosha County when he attended high school in Paddock Lake, Wisconsin.  There he met the love of his life, Beverly Wright.  She patiently waited for him to become 18, and they were married on July 3, 1965. They bought a house in Silver Lake, Wisconsin and lived there for over 35 years where they raised their three children, Darlene (Kenneth Brantner), Kenneth (Amber) and Rebecca (Bob Boyce), seven grandchildren, Doug, Steven, Jacque, Katy, Kurtis, Brittany and Courtney and five great grandchildren, Maya, Lucas (born on George’s birthday), Liam, Aubrey and Ava.

He was a steamfitter for Union Local 118 in Kenosha for 40years.  He enjoyed spending time in Popple River hunting and fishing where he had a cabin until he retired in 2006 and put a house on his property and moved there permanently.  He really enjoyed sitting around a campfire there and sharing stories with family and friends.  He also enjoyed playing cards, country music and playing Bingo. 

He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.  Everyone knew they could count on him.

The family will be having a celebration of life at a later date at his home in Popple River.  There will be no service at this time.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Doris Camp Thomas

    It was great seeing you at bingo and chatting with you. You will be missed my friend. R.i.P.

  2. Mark + Julieann Ogden-Schlabach

    In this sorrowful time, sending thoughts of comfort and hope that you find strength to get through the difficult days ahead. If there wasn’t so much love, it wouldn’t be this hard to say goodbye.

  3. Clara + Gabrielle Ogden-Hoffman

    My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  4. Shelly Howen

    There are not many people in the world left like George, a kind person who always helped others and never expected anything in return. One more angel to watch over the rest of us. God bless.

  5. Brenda Anderson

    My condolences to you Darlene and your family.

  6. Ron Berger & Sherry Hartog

    Please accept our sincere condolences. A life well lived, so many memories will keep George's memory living in all who enjoyed his company.

  7. Lloyd, Dawn, Russell & Crystal Huber

    Lloyd said he sends his love to all and prayers and love from the whole family to you all at this very hard time. Hugs and love from afar!
    The Huber's

  8. Kathryn klen

    My deepest sympathy to the entire Howen family. George was such a kind, loving and funny man. Always, had great stories. Rest in peace

  9. Dave & Joanne Vercauteren

    Bev and family you all know how much George meant to us, we sure are going to miss him. We send you are love and prayers. ????❤️

  10. Don Hoch

    So sorry for Bev and family. I have many fond memories of George when we were all younger.
    Don Hoch

  11. Jane Poeschel

    My sympathies Dar, Becky, and family????

  12. Kathleenhowen

    Sad to see you go uncle George,you were always kind to me , God bless you and your family at this time .

  13. Terri Arndt

    Bev,Darlene, Kenny and Becky I am so sorry for your loss. I know it's hard now but he is in a better place . Love to all

  14. Beth Counard

    Beverly, I was so sorry to hear of George's passing. I am praying for you and your family.

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