Fredrick Kenneth Howard, 62, Grainfield, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter.

He was born July 2, 1953, in Ransom to Kenneth and Barbara (Rohr) Howard. The family lived in Ness City, Lenora and Oakley.

He married Melinda Richardson on July 26, 1975. He worked at Swart Park Motors, Oakley, and Pioneer Feed Yard and Keller Brothers Trucking. When they moved to Grainfield in 1979, he began working for the city of Grainfield. He was the city marshall for 10 years, then worked in the oilfield for BJ Titan for several months, then started trucking for Midwest Co-op in Grinnell before purchasing his own truck. He continued trucking until 2002, when he took a job for the Kansas Department of Transportation, working until he retired in September 2015.

He loved working in his shop, fishing, mowing, gardening and going to Tulsa. He loved spending time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Amy Gibson and husband, Clint, and Amanda Gallentine and husband, Jerry; his mother; two brothers, Ted and wife, Darcy, and John and wife, Linda; a sister, Colette Buchholz; a brother-in-law, Verlyn Richardson and wife, Delores; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hagel; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two nephews, Travis Howard and Dustin Richardson; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Buchholz.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Baalmann Mortuary, Oakley; cremation was chosen.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Fred Howard Memorial Fund to be designated by the family at a later date in care of Baalmann Mortuary, P.O. Box 204, Oakley, KS 67748.

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