Howard Charles Newman
Howard Charles Newman was born January 14, 1932, in California, to Howard C. Newman Sr. and Evelyn Smith. He passed away on January 26, 2021, while residing at the Forget Me Not Care Home in Wasilla.
After his service in the U.S. Navy from July 1951 to July 1955, he was in Korea during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, fighting brutal temperatures of about -40 degrees while there in the winter seasons. Howie was a life member of the VFW. With his first wife, Joan, Howie had four children, Cynthis, Howard, Michael, and Patricia “Scooter”.
In the late 1960’s, Howie came to Alaska to work and was a roofer by trade. By then he was divorced. His two youngest, Michael and Scooter, came to visit him in the early 1975 and stayed. Howard came up later to visit, which lasted about ten years.
Howie made his home in the Knik area of Wasilla. He enjoyed helping at the dog races. He especially reveled that Michael and Scooter participated in the first Jr. Iditarod in 1978. Michael won the Sr. division and Scooter finished in 2nd place in the Jr. division. Some of Howie’s best times were when his children lived with him here in Alaska!
Howie was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife, Joan, and all four of his children.
Howie is survived by his sister, Jean, and her family in Arizona; granddaughter, Christina, and her family in Colorado; two good buddies that were of great help to him in his later years, Brian Schetzle and Jerry Bean, as well as many good friends in Knik and all over Alaska.
A celebration of life is scheduled for March 20, 2021, at 2 pm, at the Knik Bar at Mile 13.5 Knik Goose Bay Road, with a 21-gun salute by the Honor Guard from the American Legion, Post 35 in honor of his service. A potluck is to follow. All who knew Howie are welcomed.