CAMBRIDGE -- George J. Howerter, 78, died Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2007) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
He was born near Springfield, Ill., on April 10, 1928, to George and Lucy (Copeland) Howerter, Sr. The family moved to the Garden City, Kan., area where his family operated the first blacksmith shop in the county. On May of 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving till 1948. He was a gunner in the Navy.
He farmed in Kansas after the service. He was united in marriage to Mary Wasia in McCook on April 3, 1951. He was then employed by the Kansas-Nebraska Gas Company for six years and moved to Cambridge. He retired from the Twin Valley Public Power District in Cambridge after 29 years as a lineman first class.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; and a sister.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Cambridge; two daughters, Lorretta Scogberg of Cambridge and Johanna and husband, Ron Jardine of Layton, Utah; two sons, James and wife, Joy of Grant and Gregory and wife, Cindy of Cambridge; two sisters, Betty Gillen of McCook and Wanda Rutherford of Dodge City, Kan; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside inurnment will be Tuesday, 4 p.m., in the Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge, with the Rev. Tim Burke officiating.
Memorials may be left in his name at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.