August 12, 1921 ~ April 27, 2014
August 12, 1921 - April 27, 2014
Passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. Served as an officer in 47th Engineers Battalion during World War II. Devoted 34 years as an engineer for the US Forest Service with the last 12 as Chief Engineer. Member and past president of the Nation's Capital American Society of Civil Engineers and member of their History and Heritage Committee, past president of McLean Post #270 American Legion, past president of Virginia Canals and Navigations Society. Member of Great Falls and McLean Historical Societies and Ladybird Johnson's Committee on Highway Beautification. He received numerous awards and accolades for his engineering work.
Born and raised in Morrisville, NY, he married Alice Lynn Doney in 1951 and began raising his family in California. Survived by his wife of 62 years, children Christine Howlett, Ann Baker, Paul Howlett and Pamela Holmes (husband Turelle Holmes), brothers George Howlett and Phillip Howlett, brother-in-law Louis Kime, sisters-in-law Dorothy Howlett and June Howlett, grandchildren Kim Baker, Megan Baker, and Nicketa Holmes, great-grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by parents Lyndon and Lila Howlett, six brothers and sisters and son-in-law John Baker. He will be remembered for his extraordinary love and generosity for family and friends.
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Dear Ann, I send my condolences to you and your family. Beverly Goldhaber
Dear Pam and Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you both and your families.
May he rest in peace! I have so many memories of all the love during our Easter visits as well as any other time we visited!! Hugs to his family.
My family and I spent many memorable 4th of July’s with Uncle "Mike" and his family. My children all remember these with love and joy. We will miss his wonderful chuckle and his kind and loving demeanor.
Uncle Mike will always be in my heart. His sweet smile let me know he loved us dearly. I enjoyed talking about birds with him: he remembered our conversations and gave me a hummingbird feeder for my garden. Thank you, Uncle Mike. Love, April Howlett
Uncle Mike will be truly missed. He will always be remembered for his wonderful smile and sweet demeanor! Some of my sweetest childhood memories are the special times my family spent with Uncle Mike and family for Easter. May he rest in peace.
Dear Lynn, Christie, Ann, Paul, Pam. My condolence to you all. Mike lived Such a great & diverse live. It’s been my deep pleasure knowing you both for 63 years!! You remain a wonderful family, and gave your husband, father such support…as he did for you. My prayers and love remain with you all, and know you are in my heart Always. God Bless you All.
Lynn, Chris, Ann, Paul, and Pam: Our best to all of you during this difficult time. I have fond memories of Uncle Mike and his generous spirit when we were kids. I remember his great cookouts, burgers and dogs, and especially his July 4th fireworks displays! His kindness towards all of the Smith kids will not be forgotten.
Mike was a wonderful uncle. Both caring and giving.
My deepest sympathy to the entire family during this difficult time. Mr. Howlett was such a kind and loving friend who will be deeply missed by all how knew and loved him. Ginny
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Mike was always so kind to my entire family and I will never forget that. Geri
Mike was an outstanding leader, a fine mentor, and a good friend from our time together in the Chief’s Office of the U.S. Forest Service. He was very open, always honest, and an excellent team player on our shared work projects and activities. I cherish the memories of our times together, and wish his family the very best.
Mike was a great boss. He kept us on our toes and did not let us make mistakes. He was a great engineering administrator. My sympathy goes out to all his family and his many friends.
1999 was time for cultural shock for the Howletts when daughter Christine first introduced a new friend from Uganda. To the friend, it was an opportunity to show some good manners. Excited to meet the parents, Joy knelt to great Mike as a fatherly figure as is cultural in the Ugandan norms. To Mike and Lynn this would be the most embarrassing moment knowing very well only men kneel to ask women for engagement. Mike thinking fast on his feet, let wife Lynn accept the formal greeting. Believing it respectful to refer to a good friend’s parents as mom and dad, Joy was at it again. In 2005, the new friend would introduce her children to the Howletts. At the time of his death, Mike and Lynn had hosted several birthdays for the Ugandan daughter and grand kids. It’s been all fun and everybody feels like family. Thank you for opening your heart and home to us. We will miss you always. Rest peacefully! Joy, Cathie & Collin