HANOVER, Pa. - Frank W. Howell, 93, passed peacefully with his daughter and family by his side on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Homewood at Plum Creek in Hanover.
Born Oct. 16, 1919, in Ambridge, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Anna Rose Bialis Holefka.
He was the husband of 62 years to Ruth Eileene Lane Howell, who died Nov. 5, 2009.
Frank was a member of Hanover Community Church. He was a graduate of Case Institute.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre, where he flew the P-51 Mustang, performing photo recon and logging more than 2,000 flying hours. He also was a test pilot for new aircraft which was being put into service during his time in the military.
He retired as a senior power engineer for ALCOA Aluminum and built power plants all across the world.
Together with his wife they owned and operated the Valley Green Golf Course in Greensburg, Pa. Frank was a professional golfer and qualified, as well as officiated, for the PGA Golf Tour. At 80 years of age, he often commented how he could shoot his age in golf.
In 2001, at the age of 81, the Gettysburg Times awarded him the Coach of the Year Award, for coaching the Delone Catholic High School golf team.
Surviving are his daughter, Christine (John) Repasky of Hanover; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Andy (Michelle) Repasky and their children, Kayla and Brady; Kevin (Christy) Repasky and their children, Madison, Reagan and Levi; Anna (Terry) Frock and their children, Jacob and Zeke; and Brian (Kristen) Repasky and their children, Abigail and Ethan; and a brother, Rudy Howell of Warren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hanover Community Church, 1959 Smith Station Road, Hanover, with Pastor Scott A. Brown officiating. Friends and relatives will be received from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Burial will be private.
Serving as pallbearers will be his son-in-law, John Repasky; his grandsons, Andy, Kevin and Brian Repasky; and his great-grandson, Brady Repasky.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.murphyfuneralhomeinc.com.