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Alva Edward "Sonny" Howard, Jr.


Alva Edward “Sonny” Howard was born on May 25, 1938 to Alva and Leona (Mills) Howard in Beaver County, OK. He was a longtime resident of Beaver County. Sonny passed away on November 18, 2019 at the age of 81.

He attended the Victory School his first 8 years in Beaver County, OK and graduated from Laverne High School with the class of 1956.

Sonny enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon completion of his military service he returned home, and continued working on the family dairy farm south of Midway Country Church located in Beaver County, planting and harvesting crops. He also worked alongside his father drilling and servicing water wells. In 1975, Sonny, and his brother Phillip formed Howard Drilling Company.

Sonny was blessed with four children, Cyndy, Shauna, and Michael from his first marriage, and Kassie from his second marriage to Luisa.

Sonny’s generosity and kindness was endless, no task was ever too big. Throughout his life, Sonny worked tirelessly to provide for those he loved. He showed his love by lending a hand, always being present, or through teasing us until we cracked a smile.  He got many laughs playing tricks on anybody he could, lots of times using his favorite rubber snake “Ferdinand.”  Sonny loved when the entire family was together. He didn’t cook much, but he was a master at making homemade ice cream.  His specialties were black walnut and maple. Sonny loved his family, friends, pets, racing cars, and old tractors. His kind spirit and ornery laugh will be missed by all who loved him.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Leona Howard; son, Michael Howard; sisters, Martha Colling, and Cherry Gonser; brother in laws Terry Reddick and Bill Wheatley.

He is survived by his wife Luisa, of the home; daughters, Cyndy Montoya, Shauna Nichols, and her husband Scott, all of Beaver; Kassie Howard of Edmond, OK; brother, Phillip Howard, and wife Marcy; sisters, Kathryn Judd, and husband Gilbert; Linda Reddick, all of Beaver; Audrey Wheatley, Darrouzett, TX; brother-in-law, Bob Colling, Sidney, NE; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:00 a.m.at the First Christian Church, Beaver, OK.

Memorials can be made to U had me at Woof Rescue & Adoption Shelter at www.rescueddogsrock.net, rescuedogsdrock@outlook.com, or by mail to PO Box 412 Liberal, KS 67905.


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My prayers go out to the Howard family. Thank you for the years of employment! It was a joy to work for you all. My thanks to Sonny for the friendship and wisdom he gave me.
may the peace of Christ be with you all.

Jim Anderson Nov 29 2019 12:00 AM

Working at Howard Drilling for 16 years I have truly cherished getting to know all the family. Sonny was a joy to talk to and yes I had the priviledge of meeting Sonnys snake! My heart hurts for all of you . It is so hard to lose a loved one. Praying Gods peace and comfort for all of you.

Sharon Hampton Nov 26 2019 12:00 AM

love and prayers are with the family at this time of loss of a good man that will be miss by all that knew him

lynn gensman Nov 21 2019 12:00 AM

May God bless each and everyone of you although I know Marcy and Linda best.  I have missed you since moving to Stillwater but not enough to even think of coming back.  All of Beth and Kelly's family including his dad and wife will be at their big house here for early Thanksgiving as it fits a deputy sheriff's (Chris) schedule.  You know, law has to be enforced  for sure on holidays.  Give my love to your families.  We will be praying for you on these first holidays without so many loved ones.

Jackie R. Sheldon Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

my love and prayers are with the family at this time of loss for a good man , and that loved life to the best

beth morris messner Nov 20 2019 12:00 AM

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sonny Howard.  He and Luisa have been next-door neighbors and friends for 28 years.  Sonny always had time to visit, and he and Luisa furnished help in the form of apples from a tree in their backyard, tows when my pickup battery quit, permission to hunt, etc.  Sonny and Luisa were the neighborhood "dog rescue people," and we have been praying for their health and welfare, especially in the past several years.  We offer our condolences to Luisa, Cindy, Shawna, Cassie, Phil, Marcy, Audrey, Kathryn, and Linda; but I still can't get over Sonny's formal manners.  He always addressed me as "Mr. Enlow," rather than Charlie...

Charles Enlow Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Sonny.  He was a great man and employer. Our prayers  go out to the family,  may God be with you and comfort you with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Gary Overton Nov 19 2019 12:00 AM