ROCKWELL CITY - Howard D. Longfellow 93, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012 at Bickford Cottage in Urbandale, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Church of Christ, Rockwell City, with Pastor Dwaine Simonsen and Pastor Owen Englin officiating. Military Rites will follow the Church Service, by the Rockwell City Veterans Organization. Visitation will be 9:30 at the Church until service time. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Palmer-Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, is serving the family.
Howard is survived by his children, Minette (Dave) Hendricks of Eden Prairie, MN, Joseph (Sandy) Longfellow of Altoona, and Deann Longfellow of Villa Park, IL; Four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline; parents, Joseph F. and Orpha Holmes Longfellow; and sister Helen Utterback.
Howard Dean Longfellow was born May 23, 1919 at Bedford, Iowa. He graduated from Bedford High School, and then attended Simpson College and Drake University. He was employed at a bank in Avoca, On November 24, 1942 he was united in marriage to Pauline V. Haberer at the University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Howard served in the United States Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant.
The couple made their home in Rockwell City, where Howard was employed at the National Bank of Rockwell City, until his retirement in 1981. In 2008, they made their home at Bickford Cottage. Pauline passed away in July of 2011. Howard was an active member of the Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, until attending the Church of Christ several years ago. He was also a 50 year member of the Twin Lakes Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M., the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion, and the American Antique Auto Club.