302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Howard A. Smith

Howard A. Smith, age 88, passed away on June 28, 2019.

Born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Albert and Matilda (Zenker) Smith. He was educated at Cathedral High School and earned degrees in chemistry and mathematics from St. Johns University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.  He worked in the Elastomers Department at DuPont for 36 years and continued to work as a consultant for several more years.

Howard was active as a Boy Scout leader for each of his sons who all earned the honor of Eagle Scout. He was a man of faith and a lector for many years at Holy Child Church. He was an avid musician throughout his life and an accomplished clarinetist. He played in many community bands including the Academy of Lifelong Learning, the New Castle Community and led a wind ensemble, the Four Winds.

While in Colorado, he met the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Nancy. He was a loving and devoted husband and father of four – Curtis, Lee, Judy and David. He deeply enjoyed spending time with his children, his six grandchildren and was a proud great grandfather to seven, soon to be eight, great grandchildren.

Howard will be deeply missed.


Funeral Services

At the request of the family services will be private.


    Bob Erdody writes,
    Dear Nancy I was sorry to hear about Howard's pasting. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Besides all his accomplished he was also a valuable contributor to the White Elephant program here at Cokesbury during the three annual sales. Bob Erdody
    07/01/2019 10:34 am
    Jane Seabrook writes,
    Being in the Academy Band with Howard and playing in his clarinet/ flute group was so much fun. I really enjoyed his sense of humor. I miss him. Thinking of his family. May he rest in peace. Jane Seabrook
    07/01/2019 12:44 pm
    Diana Stevens writes,
    Dear Nancy, Paul and I were sorry to learn the sad news of Howard's passing. He was the best Crestfield neighbor, always showing an interest in what we and our children were doing. After you moved to Cokesbury, it was fun to keep up with Howard at the Academy. One of the reasons I became involved with the Academy (Osher) is because of Howard's (and your) enthusiasm for it. I remember the great pride Howard had in his family - children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He will be missed. With sympathy, Diana Stevens
    07/02/2019 03:32 pm
    Mary Hall writes,
    Nancy and family. I pray that you find comfort in the fact that Howie is in heaven with his parents. I know that reuniting dad and him was fun for both of them. Dad is taking this very hard. Blessings.
    07/07/2019 12:58 pm

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