They continued to see each other as Mr. Howell began her career as a journalist working for a paper in Long Island and then PM, a New York City daily newspaper. Their love bloomed and following their marriage in 1941, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the couple started a family. They then moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Division of World Trade Intelligence for the Department of State prior to enlisting in the Army.
Mr. Howell had a strong attachment to Springfield Center, where his grandfather, Henry Wardwell, built a home that over the decades became the nucleus of a family compound. His advice and counsel was sought and treasured as were his efforts to bring together members of the family. He was gifted with the ability to listen to people, understand their needs and get them to realize and draw upon their own strengths.
He was instrumental in saving one of the country’s first golf courses, the Otsego Golf Course, from development; although he was never an avid golfer and much preferred tennis.
The Howells were the parents of two children, a son, John, married to Carol B. Howell of Warwick, R.I., and daughter, Claire Blatchford, married to Edward Blatchford of Shelburne, Mass. He was the grandfather of Diana O’Brien of Wilson, Wy., John Howell III of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Theodore Howell of Saunderstown, R.I.; Laurel Blatchford of Washington, D.C.; and Christa Blatchford of Brooklyn; and had eight great-grandchildren.
Following the death of Mrs. Howell in 2002, Marge Boger, a close friend whose late husband also served in Burma, but with the Army Air Corps, became his companion. A retired nurse, Mrs. Boger lovingly cared for him and saved his life after he had a nightmare, falling out of bed and breaking his neck.