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vet93Posted 07/24/13 02:44PM Send a private email to vet93. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
Many of you may know that Duron Howard passed away. I never met him in person, but have great respect for the legacy he left the livestock industry, particularly in raising Southdowns. Below is his obituary.

After a long illness, Duron Harrison Howard, 86, passed from this life on July 24th, 2013, at Duncan Regional Hospital. He was born February 24, 1927 at Spanish Fort, Texas. He graduated from Waurika High School in 1945, and immediately served in the Pacific Theater of WWII with the U.S. Navy. After being discharged, he attended Oklahoma A & M, now Oklahoma State University, majoring in Animal Science. He married Don Ella Tow on September 1, 1949. They farmed southeast of Waurika, and he taught Agriculture at Ryan Public Schools. Duron is survived by his wife, Don Ella; five children, Debra Dreier, Newton KS, Durene Sampson, Cameron, Ok, Dennis Howard, Edmond, OK, Darrell Howard, Mulhall, OK, Darin Howard, Lawton, OK, nineteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, LaVerna McMenamy, Shallowater, TX and Anita Oberle of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, R.V. and Lucille Howard, brother, Kenneth Howard, and two grandsons, John Dreier and David Dreier.

Duron and Don Ella were named Oklahoma Farm Family of the year in 1957. He served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Jr. Farm Bureau. OSU Animal Science department awarded him their Master Breeder Award, and he was Chairman of the OSU Agriculture Research Extension Association. His Hereford and Southdown Sheep won numerous competitions, and he was recognized as a leader in the livestock industry. While in high school he was elected Oklahoma State FFA Reporter and was in the top 5 National FFA American STAR Farmers. He judged numerous state fairs and livestock exhibitions all over the United States. He was a lifelong supporter of 4-H, FFA and other youth activities. The Oklahoma Youth Expo awarded him their first annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions. Duron served numerous years on the Board of the American Southdown Breeders Association and was an Honorary member until his passing. He was active in the First United Methodist Church at local and state levels and served as Chairman of the Oklahoma United Methodist Church Board of Camps and Conferences for several years. Memorials may be sent to: American Junior Southdown Breeder’s Association, 100 Cornerstone Road, Fredonia, TX, 76842; First United Methodist Church of Waurika, 438 East D Ave., Waurika, OK 73573; Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Box 90, Waurika, OK 73573.

PeteMPosted 07/24/13 04:29PM Send a private email to PeteM. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
It is sad to lose him, but he has been very ill for a long time. The Howards have been very good to my family and our prayers go out to Do Ella and the rest of the Howard clan. May the Lord grant them peace and give Duron eternal rest.

Sheepherder007Posted 07/24/13 05:13PM Send a private email to Sheepherder007. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
Another old friend that we will miss.
May the Lord give the family peace as Duron finally has his.

OGPosted 07/24/13 07:01PM Send a private email to OG. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
Scott. I had not heard the news. Thanks for posting the obit., I've known Duron & a lot of his family for over thirty years. For several years the Howard's were guest South Down consignors at my spring & fall sale. He always brought a great set and they were well received. Duron was a man of principle & you never wondered how you stood with him because he told you to your face. I remember on time Justin Jonas stood Res. Ch. medium wool with a lamb that I had bred at Fort Worth. Yes, I clearly thought Justin's lamb was better than the lamb that was declared Champion, however, I was keeping my thoughts to myself. This was at a time when Ft. Worth did not have an overall Grand. Just breed Ch. & Res. after the judging ringsiders went into the ring to handle the Ch & Res. I saw Duron approach the judge and this is what he said. "Sir, you had a chance to name a great lamb Champion, but, it's my opinion you blew it and I'll tell you why." He proceeded to explain where he thought the judge had missed up. Duron said face to face what I felt was correct. Not saying I would have done it that way, but, as I said, you never had to wonder where you stood with the man. He truly was a great breeder and a straight shooter. That's admirable traits in my book. OG

PeteMPosted 07/25/13 12:05AM Send a private email to PeteM. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
I just talked to Dennis and Duron's funeral will be at 10:00AM Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Waurika. Visitation will be at Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika Friday evening. I am not sure of the times.

redroperPosted 07/25/13 08:26AM Send a private email to redroper. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
I received the call yesterday and was saddened by the news.

Duron was not only a great breeder, but he was also a great man and a close personal friend. He and Don Ella have welcomed so many into their home and their hearts it may be difficult to count the lives they have touched, but it is numerous.

My prayers go out to Don Ella and the family.

I have lots of fond memories from shows and sales, visits to Mullhall and Waurika, and his visits here.

PeteMPosted 07/25/13 03:54PM Send a private email to PeteM. Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM
Visitation will be at Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika Friday evening from 5-7 PM.


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