ARAPAHOE -- Robert Irvin Howey, 84, died Monday (Feb. 20, 2006), at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge.
He was born Nov. 2, 1921, at Denver, Colo., to Earl S. and Marguerite (Crane) Howey.
He grew up in Fairplay, Colo., and graduated from Fairplay High School.
He worked for several mines in Colorado and Nevada and was a steel worker for South Platte Dredging Co. in Fairplay.
In June 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Seabee during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. Following his discharge from the Navy in October 1945, he farmed at Maxwell. In 1970, he moved to North Platte where he completed his associate's degree in insurance and began working as an insurance salesman and investment broker.
He was a member of North Platte and Edison American Legion and recently received his 50-year membership plaque. He also was a member of the North Platte Elks Club, the North Platte Eagles Club and the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters Sandy Henry and Sheila Albertson; brother, Gene Howey; sister, Annabelle Mattie; sister-in-law, Jean Howey; and brother-in-law, George Mattie.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Howey of Arapahoe; daughter Bobbi and husband, Mike Turner of Scottsbluff; two step-sons, Ron and wife, Robin Hines of North Platte, and Rick Hines of Kearney; a step-daughter, Deanne and husband, Terry Tracy of Arapahoe; two sisters, Lavonne and husband, Leroy Musick of Imperial and Margie and husband, Ted Bratzler of Pueblo, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens Cemetery in North Platte at 2 p.m.
Viewing and visitation is today until 8 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe and Friday prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post No. 343 in Edison and the First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe.
Condolences or personal reflections can be at www.wenburgfuneralhome.com
Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.