Passing of Retired Fire Apparatus Engineer Bob Howard

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Retired Fire Apparatus Engineer Bob Howard from the Humboldt – Del Norte Unit. Bob passed away at home this week after having some medical problems. He began his career in the Humboldt – Del Norte Unit in June of 1975 and promoted to FAE, working as an LT Captain during the summers from the late 80’s off and on until 1999 and worked his entire career in the Unit, Bob retired in July of 2000 . Bob will be remembered as a master in the field of welding construction and craftsmanship. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday April 28th at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4251 F Street, Eureka, CA.

Robert Charles Howard Robert Charles Howard (Bob) passed way the morning of April 20th. He was born July 14th, 1945 here in Eureka. He is survived by his wife Claudeene, brother John Wayne Howard and wife Patricia, his three step children Jody LeClere, Jerry and Larry Hathcock, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob was a man of great faith. He was a member of the Eureka Seventh – day Adventist church. Bob was known for his work on many projects for the church and Redwood Area Campground at Redcrest. His reputation for helping anyone in need in many ways, especially if it involved welding, was country wide. In his early years he was an avid fisherman. He loved to backpack, loved history, ghost towns and photography. For 33 years, he was employed by the California Department of Forestry (Cal – Fire) during that time; he worked at CDF stations in Trinidad, Honeydew, the Kneeland airport and the Fortuna Station. His wife Claudeene testifies that he was the most noble, honest, generous, and full of integrity person she ever knew. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Eureka Seventh – day Adventist Church located at 4251 F street in Eureka. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obituaries.



Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Apr. 27, 2014

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