James A Howell

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Keokuk National Cemetery
Keokuk, IA  
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February 1, 1938 - September 3, 2019

James A. Howell, 81, of Yellville, Arkansas, formerly of Keokuk, Iowa died at 2:30 PM Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at home in Yellville.

Jim was born February 13, 1938, in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Charles and Ethel Howell of Keokuk, Iowa. They both preceded him in death along with his grandson Cody Howell. He married his wife Viola R. Kemper on October 12, 1957 in Keokuk, Iowa.

Jim is survived by his wife Viola of Yellville; son Jim of Yellville; granddaughter Amanda Clifford, great-grandchildren: Ashton, Shaylee, and Freya of Kahoka, Missouri; two daughters: Brenda (Verne) Goodman of Monmouth, Illinois; Carla Broderson of Keokuk, Iowa; granddaughter Melissa (Craig) Townsend; three great-grandchildren: Connor, Carsyn, and Chloe of Alabama; granddaughter Jessica Betts; great-grandson Grayson of Fredericksburg, Iowa; grandson Jacob Betts of Keokuk, Iowa.

Jim was in the National Reserves as a Construction Machine Operator and Bulldozer Operator. He worked on the Burlington Northern Railroad until retiring. Jim was a true family man by spending time with his family and friends. He took his family on vacations, camping, fishing, hunting, and traveled after retiring. He loved spending winters in Texas each year. He went traveling, camping and made many friends along the way. Jim had a full life up until his health started failing.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be 10:30 am Friday, September 20, 2019 at Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa with military honors.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Roller-Burns Funeral Home in Yellville, Arkansas.

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Frank & Joyce Protsman
Keokuk, LA
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vi and family,
We are sorry to hear that you lost Jim. We are unable to attend his service at the National Cemetery and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I can say that we still talk of the past memories from years ago with our family. The best story we share is how Frank, June, you and Jim had a "hay-day" at our trailer while we were on our honeymoon! Like all the labels off our can goods....balloons where they shouldn't have been put (haha) and then the Cow bells. Let's just say Jim sure knew how to wire them up!! And it goes on and on.....Can you believe that was 51 years ago! Something we still laugh about and a good memory for ever. I hope your family can hold on to all of your happy memories to get you through this difficult time. Thinking of you with love......Frank & Joyce