In Memoriam Bruce D. Howe

Bruce D. Howe, of Lake Ariel, was born Nov. 22, 1931, son of the late John T. Howe and Marie (Dodge) Howe, Lake Ariel, Pa. With great sadness, he died peacefully at St. Mary’s Villa with his family by his side.

Bruce was a graduate from Lake Consolidated High School, Wyoming Seminary and Penn State University. After a tour of duty in Korea as a United States Army Corporal, he was employed by Texaco, Inc.

He then returned to Lake Ariel where he became the president of John T. Howe Inc., which consisted of the following enterprises: Howe Oil company in Lake Ariel, Hawley Oil, Miller Oil Company, Comfort Inn, Howe’s 84 Travel Plaza and founder of Twin Rocks Restaurant.

Bruce was a former Director, President and chairman of the board of the First National Bank of Lake Ariel, retired Director of NBT Bancorp and a former director of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association.

Lifelong member of Salem Lodge No. 330, Keystone Consistory, Anthony Wayne Chapter 204, Irem Shriners, and Wayne – Pike Shrine Club. An avid golfer, he was a lifelong member of the Honesdale Golf Club where he was the former president and club champion, Twin Eagles Golf Club in Naples Florida and former member and director of the Country Club of Scranton. A true outdoorsman, he was a member of Lake View Hunting Club, and the Hershey Salmon Club N.B. Canada.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Weinberger and staff, Regional Hospital of Scranton doctors, staff and the nursing staff at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing home for unconditional care and kind compassion given to Bruce and family.

Surviving are his wife Joan of Lake Ariel, Thomas Howe and his wife Lisa of Lake Ariel; daughter Susan Kwiatek and her husband Michael of Lake Ariel; Grandchildren: Shane, Alex and his wife Nicole, Colin Howe. Michael, Jason, Scott and Sarah Kwiatek. Great granddaughter; Brynlee Ella Howe. Nieces and nephews; Janet and Jeff Bursis, John and Barbara Gilpin, Peter and Kathy Howe, Marie and Victor Thompson; great nieces and nephews; Emerson, Marshall, Wade, Austin, Patrick, Ele, Emalina, Andrew and Amelia.

He was preceded in death by a sister Jane Gilpin and brother-in-law Willis; a brother Paul T. Howe and sister in laws Betty and Ann.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated at the Lake Ariel United Methodist Church, 110 Maple Ave, Lake Ariel, on Saturday, July 10 at 11:00am.

The Funeral Service will be live streamed through the James Wilson Funeral Home YouTube page.

Interment, Maplewood Evangelical Cemetery, Maplewood.

In lieu of flowers the family strongly encourages donations be made in Bruce’s memory to the: Marie D. & John T. Howe Memorial Scholarship Fund at Penn State Worthington, Attention: Christine R. Ostroski, Dawson 104, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, Pa 18512 or the charity of your choice.

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