Howard E. Cheney died peacefully at home June 28, 2018 in Gaylord MI at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife Jane, His children Craig (Susan) of Lapeer, Jan King of Gaylord, and Scott (Connie) of Gaylord. Grandchildren Eric (Kami) Pierce, Jeremy (Margaret) Pierce, Heather (Brian) Heitman, Justin (Stephanie) King, Steven King. Great Grandchildren Marley and Jane King, Connor, Bryn, Catelyn, Emily and Megan Pierce, Scarlett Heitman. Howard was proceeded in death by son in law Richard King of Gaylord and sister Betty Kalina of Chicago.
Howard was born on May 17, 1923 in Chicago, IL and graduated from Lakeview High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and spent time in Europe during WWII. He married the love of his life Jane on March 1, 1947. He worked for Michigan Bell Yellow Pages Division and retired as Associate District Manager of Detroit after 33 years of service. It is in 1983 that Howard and Jane moved to their weekend home in Michaywe and started to make the most of the 35 years of retirement. The community embraced his spirit for volunteerism which allowed him to shine. R.S.V.P., driving the Cancer Van and the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord gave him many opportunities for community service. Howard was best known for his dedication to the Kiwanis Christmas Basket program. His service to the Gaylord community earned him the Fraternal Order of Police Citizen of the Year Award, Gaylord Chamber U Made it Happen Award, Hixon Fellow and Legion of Honor for the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord, Community Family Volunteer Award and probably his proudest moment as 2007 Alpenfest Der Bergermeister.
Howard’s Memorial will include visitation at Nelson’s Funeral Home on Friday July 6th from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday July 7th at 11:00 am with a service at noon. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Howard’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.