James H. Howe, III, a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, died on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the age of 89, from complications of cancer at his St. Louis home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Grant Howe and Nelson H. Howe, and his stepmother, Eleanor Lawther Howe. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Betty Scudder Howe and their five children: Susan Howe Dubin (Ron) of Greenwich, Connecticut, Marie Howe Sprague (Dan) of Lexington, Kentucky, along with Nelson H. Howe II (Cathy), Rebecca Becky Howe Hailand (Arthur) and James H. Howe IV (Mary), all residing in St. Louis. His pride and joy were his nine grandchildren: Elizabeth Kelly Freeman, Diana Maxwell Kelly, Justin Howe Kearns, Catherine Filley Howe, Elizabeth Bunn Hailand, Arthur G. Hailand IV, Henry Howe Hailand, Melissa Brenton Howe, and James H. Howe V. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor N.L. Howe of Palm Beach, Florida, and a step-brother John D. Adams of Medford, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his step-sister, Sallie Adams Wilson.
Born on February 16, 1923 in St. Louis, he graduated from St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) and Washington University. After college, he joined the United States Navy attaining the rank of LTJG and served in World War II as Captain of an LCI in the Pacific. After the war and his discharge from the Navy, he began working at the family business, LewisHowe Co., whose principal product was Tums, and after serving as the President and Chairman of the Board for many years, he retired in the 1980's. He was devoted to his elementary school, Rossman School, having served on the Board and Advisory Board for decades. He was involved in the pivotal decision to move the school from the then Delmar campus to Conway Road in the early 1960's and the fundraising to do so. In furtherance of his interest in education, he was also on the board of St. Louis Country Day School. He also served on the boards of many civic and community organizations such as the United Way Allocation Committee, as a past President of the Consolidated Neighborhood Services, Inc., the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Association, and he was a past President of the Missouri Historical Society.
Over the years, he and his wife have traveled all over the world and, when not at their Florida home, they would enjoy spending a portion of the spring and fall with family and friends in St. Louis and in the summer in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
The family wishes to thank all of the nurses and hospice providers from Advanced Nursing Services of St. Louis and St. Luke's Hospice Services for their services in making the final weeks of our husband's/father's life peaceful, enabling him to die in dignity at home surrounded by his family.
Services: A private family service and committal will be held at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church Columbarium. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception at the St. Louis Country Club, 400 Barnes Road, Ladue, on Saturday, November 24, 2012, to be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Rossman School, 12660 Conway Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63141; MICDS, 101 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63124; the Missouri Historical Society, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112; or to a charity of one's choice . Condolences at www.luptonchapel.com A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL