The Rev. Dr. Edgar N. Howell, “Doc,” 84, of Middletown, Md., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He rejoined his wife of 51 years, Catherine Patrice “Pat” Howell, who preceded him in death in 2009.
Born Dec. 5, 1928, in Sayville, N.Y., he was the son of Edgar Sidney and Marie Magdeline (Finkelmeier) Howell.
He graduated from Regis High School in New York City in 1946. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Latin from Spring Hill College in Alabama.
He was preparing to enter the Jesuit order, but received a different calling. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. His parents served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, and his grandfather was a major in the National Guard.
He pursued a career in education, completing his master’s/Ph.D. in mathematics education in 1965.
He volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America for a decade, achieving the level of council commissioner, and received the Silver Beaver award.
The Charismatic Movement captivated Edgar and Pat in the early 1970s. Edgar earned several master’s degrees in the field of ministry and computer science. He continued to serve community churches as a pastor, and teaching at colleges in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
In retirement, he joined the International Order of Saint Luke the Physician. He authored several publications, but was most passionate about his final work, titled “The Words and Works of the Holy Spirit” (Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc., 2005).
The Rev. “Doc” Howell is survived by his two daughters, Mary and Judy. He performed the wedding ceremony for Mary P. Howell, M.D., and her husband, Steven J. Klein, M.D. He also performed the communion service during the wedding of Judy C. Howell and Robert C. Ziegler. He is survived by his three grandchildren, Judd, Tucker and Becca Ziegler, whom he cherished. He is also survived by Sister Marianne Howell (Sisters of Charity); sister-in-law, Josephine Howell; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Frank W. Howell; sister-in-law, Maureen Gregorovic and her husband, George; and brother-in-law, James Mullen and his wife, Alice.
The family will receive friends Saturday, May 25, 2013, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chapel Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 U.S. 15 North, Frederick, Md. A Resurrection service will begin at 1 p.m. at the chapel.
Donations may be made to the International Order of St. Luke the Physician.
Arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Services, Skkot Cody, P.A., Frederick.
Our family thanks Katy Mossburg and Sunrise of Frederick for their kindness and caring for him in his final years.