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James Emery Howe

Obituary for James Emery Howe

September 18, 1947 - February 5, 2021
Parma, Ohio | Age 73

Husband and Father


James Emery Howe, age 73, took flight victoriously on February 5, 2021 after living a life of following his dreams with no regrets. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Preslan) for 46 years. Devoted father of Keith (Sharon Gaum) and Karen Valantasis (Christopher). Papa Bear to his favorite furry friends: Taffy, Lucy, Charlie and Kitties. Dearest son of the late Thurlow and Ruth (nee Ketz). Loving brother of Joyce Bergstrom (Jim) and the following deceased: Kenneth (Shirley) and JoAnn Bishop. Cherished uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, friend and neighbor. Jim's family was his greatest blessing!

Jim loved to dream the impossible dream! He was always "chasing windmills" like Don Quixote from Man of La Mancha. Airplanes, gliders, trains, classical guitars, and music were among some of Jim's greatest passions in life. He was a teacher, notorious storyteller, and inspiration to many. Jim would famously say "never let the truth get in the way of a good story." May his smile, laughter and stories always live on in your heart.

Jim was a believer in miracles! He earned his second chance at life in 2012 when he received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. The gift of life! He was lovingly cared for by many dedicated physicians, nurses, and caregivers.

We celebrate Jim's fearless journey and have everlasting faith that God has brought him home. He is soaring on the wings of eagles!

Jim was a caregiver to many people and animals and always gave with a grateful heart. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Divinity Lutheran Church food pantry, Lifebanc, or any charity that is close to your heart.

Funeral service at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Ave., Parma Heights, OH 44130 On Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Please gather directly at church. Interment following at Hope Memorial Gardens, Hinckley.

Friends may call at the BABITT-BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 9350 RIDGE ROAD, NORTH ROYALTON FROM 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 with facial covering and social distancing.


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