Howard E. Cheney

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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.

11 comments on “Howard E. Cheney”

  1. Marybeth yeater.....Marilyn Biermans daughter

    I’m so sorry to hear this news! We are out of the family loop until something like this happen. Please know my prayer are with your family and I’m sure you know he’s happily in heaven with the ones that went before him.

  2. Howard will be remembered, in part, for his infectious spirit of volunteerism. A “champion” in many ways for our community spirit of helping and caring for others. Howard will missed.

  3. To Mrs. Cheney and family – I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Cheney. As a fellow Road to Recovery driver we shared a passion for caring for those with cancer. I also got to visit with him several times at Relay For Life and while I worked in the community. Mr. Cheney never failed to greet me, always giving me a warm, two-handed hand shake and always being genuinely concerned about me.
    May love guide you through your journey of grief, may you know how many hundreds (probably thousands) of lives were impacted by this sweet fellow. May you share years and laughter as you recall his life well-lived, but still too short.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Howard will be missed by the entire community and especially the Kiwanis Club of Gaylord. Howard was my mentor when I joined Kiwanis 26 years ago. His passion for sharing his time with the community was in inspiration to all our members. Thanks, Howard..

  5. Pamela Jacques

    Dear Cheney family, We are so sorry to hear of Howie’s passing. He was a wonderful,kind man who we always enjoyed visiting with when we had a chance. He has an awesome home now in heaven and will enjoy eternity there. God Bless all of you. I got a plaque when my Dad passed that said,”When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure” Treasure your memories. Love, Tom & Pam Jacques & family

  6. John and Anne Barton

    We give thanks for the long life that Howard Cheney, our brother-in-law, has had, and continues to have with us in memory. His was a life of kindness and caring,for Jane, the love of his life, his family, and his community. He was an example for us all. We miss him deeply, but we will never forget him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

  7. Dear Mrs. Cheney,
    Alison and I are sorry to hear of Mr. Cheney’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. Pat Makins and Alison Walker

  8. Wallace Harkin King

    Dear great-grandpa Howard, I wish you got to see me be a man like I am now, almost 17. Legally a male as of today and I still think of you. Marley still tells me of airships and machines you worked with of all kinds and some days I see you in his eyes, right there. He’s almost a genius you know? He puts things back together and builds these complex kits that are so impressive. He’s like a clock winder or clocksmith? Is that even a word, who cares! I love you great papa and I hope you’re among the stars with great nonny. – Wallace

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