A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh and the Rev. Phillip Icenogle officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac. The family suggests memorials be made to Franciscan Hospice of Central Illinois or Mycosis Fungoides Foundation, PO Box 374, Birmingham, MI 48012.
Gary was born April 22, 1933, in Lakewood, Ohio, a son of William and Helen Frost Howells. He married Carol Maisenhalder on Oct. 25, 1958, in Rocky River, Ohio. She survives. Also surviving is one son, Peter (Vince Constabileo) Howells, San Francisco, Calif.; one daughter, Karin (Mike) Kelleher, Normal; three granddaughter, Katrina Potts, and Carol and Anna Kelleher; and one sister, Shirley (Richard) Minard, Memphis, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary was a graduate of Lakewood Ohio High School and attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was a golf professional since 1969 coming to Pontiac in 1976 and golf pro at the Pontiac Elks Club until 1984. In 1984, he and his wife purchased Holiday House Gifts and retired in 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1956 to 1958. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church; the Pontiac Elks Club; and PROUD. Gary was one of the first organizers of the Pontiac Main Street Program of PROUD.
[From The Daily Pantagraph]