Harold E. “Tex” Howarth, 92, of Scott Twp., entered his eternal resting place on Tuesday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Jean Ann Pish.
Born in Throop, he resided in Scott Twp. for more than 65 years. He was the son of the late Odiss and Lillian Sutherland Howarth and attended Throop public schools. He was a self-employed painter and paper hanger.
Tex was a United States Army veteran serving in Korea and had the distinction of earning two Purple Hearts, Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Also surviving are his son, Harold E. Howarth Jr. (loving caregiver to his “Pa”) and wife, Mary Ann, of Scott Twp.; daughter, Debra J. “Coop” Howarth-Plishka and husband, Joseph, of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Nicole Plishka, Krishelle Keen, Jonathan Plishka, Lindsey Frenchko, Jennifer Plishka and Ret. SSgt. Harold Howarth III (who all enjoyed tadpole/salamander hunting trips sardined into the cart “Gramps” towed with his quad); eight great-grandchildren “the lights of his life,” Gracyn Keen, Annabelle Conway, Cooper Keen, Noah Conway, Lahna Frenchko, Faye Plishka, Emerson Frenchko and Isaac Johnson; a sister, Shirley Mellow, of Pittston; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Earl, Alan, Odiss, Joseph and Roy Howarth; and two sisters, Naomi Misiura and Marie McNeil.
Harold loved spending time with his great grandchildren, watching westerns, “Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune”. He would always have room for a “sweet,” especially donuts and anything chocolate. He was proud of his coin collections, generously donated to many charities and was always trying to win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Harold made many fond memories with the endless trips and cruises he took with his beloved family, especially the “love of his life,” Jean.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore and Dr. Brenda T. Goodrich. Their kindness during this most difficult time truly showed that Harold’s end-of-life care was peaceful, important and beautiful.
A private viewing and blessing service will be held for the family. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Montdale, with military honors.
There will be no public calling hours due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY, 41076.
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