Nov. 3, 1924-Feb. 8, 2013
Howard was born in Baker City, Oregon to Charles Berton and Bessie Sadie (Doolittle) Ego. He was the 7th of 8 children. He was preceded in death by his parent, five brothers, Bill, Jim, Elmer, Gene, infant Cecil, and two sisters Clydia(Van Horn) Smothers and Adealia (Barrentine) Veristain. Many of his early years were spent on the family ranch on Sutton Creek. Howard and his sister Adealia were the only ones to graduate from high school, in Baker. After High school he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe(1944-1945) during World War II, receiving the "Bronze Star for Heroism". Howard married Carol Frances Evitts in 1945. They were divorced in 1974. This union produced two children, David and Susan . On Valentines Day in 1981 he had his first date with his "better half", Willie Jones, a.k.a. "Mrs. Smith. They have been together for 32 years. After coming home from military service he went to work for Walt Gildersleeve a the Standard Oil Bulk plant in Baker. He also farmed with his father during these years. In 1957 he purchased the Standard Oil Bulk plant in Vale Oregon he later sold the plant and after one year at Peterson Furniture in Ontario, Oregon, he became Vale City Coordinator and Municipal Judge. He worked for the City of Vale for over 47 years. Howard also served as Treasurer for the Valley View Cemetery District for over 47 years. Howard had a servants heart for his adopted Community, Vale. He served on the Vale City Council before going to work for the city. He was an active member for decades in: Jaycees, Lions, Masonic Lodge for which he received the highest award , The Hiram Award, Shriners, Eastern Star, Blue Lodge, Elks, American Legion, VFW, Sports Inc. , Senior citizens , Vale Chamber of Commerce and many more. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1960. He rode a horse as Grand Marshall for th 2000 Vale 4th of July celebration. He received Lifetime Achievement awards from the Shriners and Vale Community. Howard could many times be found behind the cookstove or beside the BBQ pit helping prepare many community and family meals. Howard also enjoyed hunting, camping , wood gathering, the cabin and family festivities. He was a loving, kind and compassionate as a companion, dad, grandpa and great grandpa....we couldn't have asked for anyone better. He will be missed by all. He is survived by his companion Willie Jones and family, his son David and wife Gloria Ego, and daughter Susan and husband Joe Yraguen . Two grandsons, Jay (Michelle) Ego , Josh(Emily) Ego and three granddaughters , Julie (Tom) Spoo, Kimi (Wade) Gipson, Kristi (Britton) Stuart. He also had seven great grandchildren, Amand and Janci Spoo, Brylie and Chace Gipson, Amaia, Addison and Bodie Stuart and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Shriners or Vale Senior Citizens.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Vale Christian Church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery, Vale. Condolences to the family may be made at www.lienkaemper-thoma