Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dennis Howell, BHS '64 (1945-2013)

So sorry to hear and we send our deepest condolences to the family...

We just received the sad news that our friend and Classmate from Burbank High Class of '64, Dennis Howell, lost his long and hard-fought battle with cancer last Sunday Morning. Even after his diagnosis, Denny "carried on with life", living it to the fullest and sharing every precious moment with his loving wife and also BHS '64 classmate, Mary Lee Belloni Howell. He never complained and he handled his illness with dignity and courage and a strong belief in God.

Dennis grew up in Burbank and many of us knew him at Luther Burbank Jr. High...
He and Mary Lee and their little kitty, enjoyed camping and traveling with their friends who had trailers and RV's.

Denny also loved to sing and was a member of his church choir.

Denny always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. We will miss his gentle spirit and friendship.

There will be a Memorial Service for Dennis this coming Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Denny's and Mary Lee's church at the corner of Grant and Highway 20, in Lebanon, Oregon...The time will be 3PM.

If anyone would like to send a note or a card of condolence to Mary Lee Howell, here is the address:
Mrs. Dennis Howell and Family
661 E. Isabella St.
Lebanon, Oregon 97355

OBITUARY from the Lebanon Express
October 23, 2013 2:00 am

Obituary: Dennis George Howell
Feb. 12, 1945 - Oct. 13, 2013

Dennis George Howell, 68, of Lebanon, died at his home on Oct. 13, 2013.

He was born Feb. 12, 1945 in Burbank, California to John Monroe and Florence Marie (La Pask) Howell.

He graduated from Burbank High School and attended junior college in Woodland Hills, California. He worked as parts department manager at various car dealerships in southern California for 42 years.

He married Mary Lee (Belloni) Koontz on Feb. 11, 2006 in Las Vegas and moved to Lebanon that same year.

He worked as a courier for Medicap Pharmacy until retiring earlier this year.

He was a member of the Lebanon First Christian Church where he served as a church elder. He enjoyed county western dancing, gardening, and watching western movies.

He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Burbank Acapella Singers, a barber shop quartet, the Lebanon First Christian Church Choir, the Louis Lehman Christian Chorale, the Lebanon Community Choir, and the Master’s Men’s Choir.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Howell, of Lebanon; step-daughter Deborah L. Scroggin, of Ventura, California; step-sons Michael E. R. Koontz and Brandon R. Koontz, both of Santa Clarita, California; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and cousin Roberta “Bobbie” Orsatti and her three sons, all of Bend.

His parents died before he did.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Lebanon First Christian Church.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lebanon First Christian Church sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, OR 97355.


  1. Heartfelt condolences to Mary Lee and the Howell family...

    Eric Ingram '64

  2. Our condolences to Mary Lee and the Howell family as well. Have a safe journey Dennis, we will join you when the time comes.

    Terry Welshans '64

  3. I enjoyed singing with Dennis in the BHS choir. He was a good friend and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed and Sue and I will keep Mary Lee in our prayers. God Bless

  4. I am Mary Lee's son, Michael. Denny was a good man and he is missed.

    1. So sorry for your loss and I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family, Michael...