Howard E. Hite

January 07, 1915 ‒ February 28, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Howard E. Hite, age 101, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 7, 1915 in Pleasantville, Ohio the son of Rollah and Mabel (Corbett) Hite. Howard was a 1932 graduate of Pleasantville High School and in 1936 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from The Ohio State University. Howard was a proud member of the 1933 Ohio State University Marching Band where he played the trombone. He also played the trombone in the Aladdin Shrine Band until 1964.

After graduation Howard moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio and worked 46 years as an engineer for Cooper Bessemer before retiring in 1982. He served on the boards of the Mount Vernon YMCA and Martin Memorial Hospital.

Howard was a member of Mount Zion Lodge #9 F&AM, Knox Chapter #236 Order of Eastern Star, Aladdin Shrine of Columbus, Baldwin Shrine of Mount Vernon and was a life member of the New Castle Pennsylvania Consistory.

He is survived by two sons, Roger (Lynn) Hite and Bruce (Marilyn) Hite both of Mount Vernon, a daughter, Nancy (Robert) Escheman of Hertford, North Carolina, five grandchildren, Doug Hite, Diane Rutherford, Andy Hite, Meghan Escheman and Jennifer Escheman, eight great grandchildren, Aaron Hite, Jesse Rutherford, Alexandra Rutherford, Matthew Hite, Abby Hite, Katie Jayne Hite, Alisha Hite and Brian Hite, two great great grandchildren, Jackson and Maddox.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 78 years, F. Louise (Poling) Hite (2015), a grandson, Alan Hite, two brothers, Everett Hite and Earl Hite.

Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a Masonic service and funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Rev. Susan Stevens will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Howard’s name may be made to Kindred at Home, 112 Harcourt Road #4, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Howard E. Hite.

  • Nancy: So very sorry to read of the passing of your father. In all the times we spent together how did I not know he was in the Ohio State band. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May the many memories you have of your father be of much comfort now and always. Sherrie.

    • Sherrie~Thank you so much for your kind message. It is very sad to lose Dad, but a blessing for him. I know he is at peace with Mom again. Grateful I got to be with him Sunday.

      It has been 50 years….would love to see you!

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hite family. I feel so privileged to have known Howard and his unforgettable wife, Louise! I will always value the times I spent visiting with them.

    • Thank you, Shirley, for your condolences and kindness to our parents over the years.

      Roger, Bruce, and Nancy

  • Bruce,
    Lou and I are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It is so difficult to lose a parent – no matter how long we have the blessing to have had them in our lives. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories of better times help you in your time of loss.

  • Roger,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.

    my prayers to you and the family at his loss.


  • Nancy, Roger and Bruce-So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Such a wonderful man, who with your Mother, I had the pleasure of knowing for my whole life! He lived an amazingly full life and had a wonderful, loving partner beside him for 78 years. It must give you some comfort knowing they are together again. My love and condolences to you all.

    • Thank you, Debi. We were truly blessed to have them for so many years and in good health.

      It was very difficult for them to lose most of their life time friends and left behind. I smile when I think of the reunions for Dad with family and friends he is having in Heaven.

      Love, Nancy

  • Roger, Bruce & Nancy, I join others in sending my sympathies and thoughts of condolence to you and your families. You were all blessed to have outstanding parents for such a long time. They provided you with an example for living your lives well. I’m so glad we got to see them again, and visit with them a few years ago. Stepping into the house was like stepping back in time, and seeing family again.
    Knowing your parents are together again must give you some peace. There will be another family reunion for all of us one day.

  • Nancy, so sorry to hear about your father I regret that I am unable to be there on Friday. You are so blessed to had him with for so many years. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nancy,
    I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. but — as he rests now with your mom –know that:

    The death of people whom we love
    Brings sorrow and deep pain;
    But if our loved ones know the Lord,
    Our loss becomes their gain. — Sper

    When a loved one dies, our greatest comfort is to know that Christ lives.
    And because He lives, we who trust in Him will live forever in the joy and
    glory of His fellowship! (Jn. 14:19).

    Although words cannot begin to ease the sorrow of your loss, please know
    that you and your family are in the prayers of so many that truly care.

    May the Lord comfort you and your family with His peace,
    Love ya Lady,

  • We were so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He was such a kind and caring man. When I worked as a home health aide for Howard and Louise’s neighbor, Martha I was so impressed by how thoughtful and attentive they were to her. It was so reassuring to her as her family did not live close to her. ( I guess I don’t even have to tell you how wonderful your parents were. To know them was to love them ! ) They will certainly be remembered fondly by many people. Take care and may God bless and comfort you all ! Love, Valerie, Russ, and Evelyn McManis