Howard E. Stinnette
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Howard E. Stinnette, 86, of Pocatello, died Aug. 21, 2001, at a local hospital following a long illness.
He was born May 22, 1915, near Wauneta to Tom and May (Skelton) Stinnette. His early years were spent on the family farm southwest of Wauneta, graduating from high school in 1932.
On Jan. 17, 1935, he married Fern Kitt. To this union were born two daughters, Wanda and Barbara.
Howard was a successful businessman who survived in business from the "dirty thirties to the mighty nineties." His ability to adapt to changing times is evidenced by surviving the depression and moving into the technological age; he was a self-taught computer user.
He bought his first grocery store in Wauneta in 1935, and in 1937 he established a trucking business, starting with a borrowed pickup from his father. He hauled cream and poultry to the Denver markets and brought back fresh produce which he sold at sale barns and small grocery stores in Southwest Nebraska. In 1952 he moved his family to McCook where his grocery business had expanded. He was well known and respected n the community and took an active interest in the area., serving on the McCook City Council for two years and participating in other civic activities. Many young people were able to complete college educations because of Howard providing work for them.
Later he expanded his business to a strip mall which included a grocery store, hardware, nursery and other small businesses. He was involved in oil exploration in Kansas and Nebraska, real estate and other investments. Although retired, he retained active ownership of the H.E. Corporation based in McCook and H and F Investments in Pocatello. Until moving to Pocatello, he was an active member of the McCook Elks Club.
Howard was an avid sportsman, enjoying bird hunting, fishing and golf. In 1978, Howard and Fern moved to Lake McConaughy near Ogallala, and wintered in Florida so he could pursue his love of deep-sea fishing.
In order to be closer to family, Howard and Fern moved to Pocatello in 1984, wintering in Palm Springs, Calif. This move enabled him to enjoy the activities of his grandchildren.
Howard was a wise, dependable, honorable, generous and respected man, and his family is blessed in that he truly knew and spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will miss you, Howard, Dad, "GP," Great-grandpa, father-in-law.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Fern Stinnette; two daughters, Wanda Wareham and husband, Larry of El Cajon, Calif., and Barbara Koetter and husband, Jim of Pocatello; four grandchildren, Marc Wareham and daughter, Chelsea of El Cajon, Dirk and Kim Koetter and children, Kaylee, Derek, Kendra and Davis of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brent and Debbie Koetter and children, Joseph and Robyn of Pocatello, and Jill Koetter Latimer and husband, Stan and children, Stanton and Nathan of Pocatello; one sister, Wilma Leach of Tucson, Ariz.; and one brother, Leon Stinnette of Broomfield, Colo. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold "Hap" Stinnette in 1976.
The viewing will be tonight, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Downard Hansen Funeral Home in Pocatello. Services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at the funeral home, 291 North Garfield.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the charity of the giver's choice, or the Pocatello Regional Medical Center Health Care Foundation