Howard's father, Howard Sr., passed away on Saturday, February 10. He had been in the hospital for a week or so and due to several medical problems, his kidneys began to fail. He felt the needed dialysis would be too much for his heart and opted not to take the dialysis. His prognosis wasn't good but we weren't sure how much time he would have left. Howard had just spoken to him the night before. Many members of the family will be together later this week for a service of some type, yet to be determined. We just arrived home last night at midnight and Howard was back on a plane today flying to Florida. Howard Sr. was 81 years old and is survived by his wife, Catherine, two brothers, a sister, 10 children and many grandchildren.