Robert "Lee" Howell, 84, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Northwest Health - La Porte.
Lee was born on September 13, 1938, in La Porte, IN, to Samuel Descum and Jean Mae (Lee) Howell.
On June 24, 1961 at St. John's Lutheran Church, La Porte, he married Suzanne "Sue" Marie Schultz, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jeff (Tana) Howell of Columbia City and Brenda (Greg) Cooper of La Porte; 6 grandchildren, Scott Cooper of Grand Rapids, MI, Kara Cooper of La Porte, Jordan Howell of Columbia City, Alexandra Howell of Columbia City, Katie Howell of Columbia City, and Alyssa Rigdon of Fairmount; numerous great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lloyd Howell.
Lee was a dairy farmer for many years. Additionally, he worked with Allis-Chalmers experimental division. Ultimately, he retired as a custodian from La Porte Community School Corporation. Lee was a collector and member of the International Harvester Collectors Club 33, where he served on the Board of Directors.
In his youth, Lee was a La Porte County 4-H member. When his son and daughter were of age to join, Lee became a 4-H parent. He gave back to the community by also participating as a La Porte County 4-H leader.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Dr. Kendall “Ken” Schaeffer officiating. Burial will follow at Patton Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center, 2855 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN 46350.
Condolences may be shared with the family on www.cutlercares.com.