Howard Junior Markley

June 02, 1921 ‒ January 05, 2007

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Howard Junior Markley, 85, of Hickory Lane, died Friday morning January 5, 2007 in his home following a long illness.

He was born June 2, 1921 in Mansfield to Howard E. and Lillie (Moffett) Markley, was graduated from Madison High School in 1939 and Mansfield Business School in 1941.

During WWII, he served with the U.S. Navy aboard the PC1252, a submarine chaser in the European Theater and was active in the invasion of Normandy.

Following the war, he returned to college and earned his Bachelors degree in business from The Ohio State University in 1949.

Howard operated Peat’s Home Hardware from 1949 to 1959. He served as a sales agent with Lutheran Mutual and Century Life Insurance Company for 24 years, retiring in 1984, and was a member of the Million Dollar Club with Lutheran Mutual.

Many Madison School students will remember Howard as their school bus driver, as he had 25 years behind the wheel.

As a lifelong a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, he leaves a legacy of Christian faithfulness and service. Howard served the congregation in nearly every capacity, save pastor! Though he formerly served as lector, Sunday school teacher, usher, council president, and chairman of evangelism committee, he most enjoyed his roles as chairman of witness committee and chairman of property committee, maintaining his “second home.”

He was a member of American Legion Post #16, past president of Mansfield Life Underwriters, and a life member of the Association of Navy Patrol Craft.

Quick to shuck his suit and don work clothes, Howard was an outdoorsman at heart. He had an affinity for antique farm implement, and went to many auctions and fairs in search of treasures. His fondness for animals ~ pets of all kinds ~ included most recently raising peacocks.

Howard was just as comfortable chopping wood, as he was, building a deck, or woodworking to make bookshelves.

An avid traveler, he had visited all 50 United States, and 15 European countries.

Though he maintained the swimming pool, he made it known; the water was not for him…his kind of pool was the billiards style, as he had refinished an antique table. He could be talked into a game of bridge, but euchre was more to his liking.

It’s Howard’s smile that people will remember.

”A happy heart makes the face cheerful (Proverbs 15:13).” Blessed with the spiritual gift of joy, Howard spilled his gift to everyone he met. Described as fun and friendly, his kindness and willingness to help others will be an earthly heritage.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Peat) Markley, whom he married August 18, 1946; two daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and John Carter of Mansfield and Carol and Warren Disch of Xenia; a son and daughter-in-law Keith and Debbie Markley of Mansfield; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a brother Glenn Markley of Pickerington.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 7, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Howard Markley will be held Monday at 11 am in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, with the Rev. Dawn Donato officiating. Burial will follow in Lantz Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.

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