Our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Ray Howa, age 75, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family at home on May 27, 2020 in West Valley City, UT.

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He was born March 18, 1945 in Dible, Lebanon to Samuel and Mariam Howa. He came to Salt Lake City, UT as a young boy. As a U.S. Veteran, he served honorably in the Army for two years where he did a tour in Germany. Upon returning to Utah, he worked for Kennecott Copper as a Pipe Fitter/MMT and retired after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching old westerns and Bruce Lee movies, camping, boating, scuba diving, and playing cards. He absolutely loved going out and having coffee and chats with friends while flirting innocently with waitresses. He was an exceptional chess player and loved learning new things.

He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Mariam Howa; brothers, Abe, George, Ron, and Michael Howa; sister, Anne Hill; nephews, Shawn and Sherid Howa and grandson, Declan King Howa.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 30 years, Dorothy Allen Howa; sons, Lonnie and Kevin (Mariana) Howa; daughters, Krystyn (CJ) Mace and Lorie Paulsen; brother, Fred (Becky) Howa; brother-in-law, Wayne Hill; grandchildren, Kaleo, Rocco, Hayleigh, Ashtyn, Bryan, Brandyn, Brytnye (Nik) Aragon; great grandchildren, Matthew, Zahyn and Kaydn; and many nieces and nephews, Julianne, Cathy, Mike, Monica, Mindy, Connie, David, Debbie, Shane, Shannon, and Sheldon.

A special thanks to the staff at the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital and the nurses (Valerie) and social workers (Chris and Brandon) of Encompass Health for taking such good care of Ray.

A viewing will be held 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery, 6500 South Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84123. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM. Interment to follow at the same location.

Ray was a very caring and thoughtful person with a heart of gold. He will be missed.

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Funeral Service

Monday, Jun. 01, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery
6500 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84123

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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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May 29, 2020

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NEXT Avery "Reb" ElRay Oxley Avery "Reb" ElRay Oxley


Ray you will be missed by me and Lupe, Mathew, Justine.

I’m glad I got to cook for you several times and see you and my dad saying what what I can’t hear you lol.

Glad you can keep my dad company once again tu were truly his best friend 💕❤️💙

Candice Loiselle , Taylorsville , UT, US Jun 17, 2020

Your warm heart will surely be missed.

Donald Rhodes , Klamath falls, OR, US Jun 01, 2020

Goodbye Uncle. You rallied so many times and fought hard like Superman would. You'll always be my Superman. The man that rescued me from a dark scary closet when I was a terrified little girl, afraid that I would never see my papa again when he was taken away by that scary ambulance. The man that rescued me at the last minute from a horrible 8th grade science project gone awry that could only be saved by your awesome welding skills. And the man that helped me through many plumbing debacles over the years, preventing me from drowning in my own stupidity. Always willing to show up at a moment's notice to be the Superman you will always be. Farewell and may you rest in peace.

Connie A Hill , West Valley City, UT, US Jun 01, 2020


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    See ya Ray on the other side.