OCEAN PARK — Donald Eugene “Doctor Don” Howell, left for his final homecoming on April 13, 2016, at his Ocean Park residence. Don was born September 21, 1933, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Eugene Debs and Helen (Neimier) Caudle Howell. He was raised by his Grandmother Davidson in Evansville where he attended school, later moving to Longview, Washington where he attended Kessler High School.
Don joined the Army National Guard in Longview, serving from 1955 until 1957, and the Army Reserves until 1962 when he received his Honorable Discharge. He served time stateside at various locations in Kentucky, Colorado, in Texas, and in Louisiana where he participated in the Army’s Sagebrush Maneuvers.
After his discharge Don returned to Longview with his wife Yvonne and daughter Carole. He worked at Weyerhaeuser for 13 years as a boom man. When Weyco closed the boom, Don worked at Reynolds Aluminum for 24 years, retiring in 1993.
Don married Carole Yvonne Schmitt on June 10, 1953, in Evansville, Indiana. In 1969 they purchased their “Haven of Happiness” in Ocean Park, moving there permanently in 1996.
Don was a member of various lodges including the Eagles, Elks, Moose and the American Legion. He enjoyed beachcombing, fishing, clamming, go-carting, motorbiking, rock hunting and creating jewelry. He also collected movies of which he had thousands.
Above all, Don’s foremost and main interests were his family and friends and their well being, thus earning him the nickname of “Doctor Don.”
Don is survived by his wife Yvonne; two grandchildren Ty J. Davis (Danielle) and Todd J. Riffle (Jenny); two great-grandchildren Hailey and Jaden Davis, of Longview; three brothers Tom (Joanne), Jerry (Patty) and Mark (Theresa); two sisters Jeannie Daniels (Don) and Kathy (Gary) Haley; and son-in-law Carl A. Milhiser of Ocean Park. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole Ann Milhiser on November 11, 2015; and one brother Bobby Howell, of Longview.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Veterans Administration or the American Legion. His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.