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LCDR Donald Reed Howard, USN (Ret.)

December 30, 2017
LCDR Donald Reed Howard, USN (Ret.)
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Obituary for LCDR Donald Reed Howard, USN (Ret.)

LCDR Donald Reed Howard, USN (Retired), 79, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017, surrounded by his wife, children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.

Donald was a retired U.S. Navy LDO LCDR. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all.

Donald was born in Burlington, Vermont and grew up in the village of Underhill. After graduating from Burlington High School in 1956, he enlisted in the Navy as an AT and literally saw the world: Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, France, Spain, Israel, and Egypt to name a few of his more memorable port visits. He met the love of his life, “Sherri” Elizabeth because of the Navy and they lived a beautiful life together for 53 years. After he retired from Naval service, he continued to serve his country as a contractor.

He found joy in his family and loved to spend time with his children, but especially with his grandchildren and would list their accomplishments as he saw necessary.

He was predeceased by his parents, Montague and Elizabeth Howard and his step-mother, Ann; his sister, Ann and brother, Jac; step-sister, Joanne Malloy and step-brothers, Ross and Bobby Aldrich. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sherry; his daughters, Kim Rigazzi (Andy) of Virginia Beach, Karen Jugan (Mel) of Palm Desert, CA; his son, Scott Howard (Amy) of Virginia Beach; sister, Susan Hooper (Greg) of Underhill, VT; step-brothers, Jerry (Sally) and Jack (Connie) Aldrich; grandchildren, Reed Howard, Chase Howard, Alex Jugan, Hannah Rigazzi, Lonni Howard, William Rigazzi, Matt Jugan, and Graydon Howard, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The extended Howard family would like to express extreme gratitude to the staff of Westminster-Canterbury Hospice Staff. Their support and love made this difficult time bearable. A special thanks to Candy, Marcy, Paula, Janet, Jennifer, Jim, and Micheline.

A memorial service will be held January 6, 2018, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel at 2 p.m. A funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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2:00 PM 1/6/2018 2:00:00 PM
Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel

1264 Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel
1264 Great Neck Road Virginia Beach 23454 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

ATTN: Development
875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225
Arlington, VA 22203

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