Howard was born August 1, 1922 on a farm near Buffalo to Harry and Edith (Jacobsen) Johnson. He grew up, attended school at Buffalo and later began farming. He married Ione Sherve August 25, 1945 at Tolna, ND. They lived and farmed at Buffalo.
Howard was a lifelong member of the Buffalo Lutheran Church and served many years on the church board. He was a member of the Buffalo Wildlife Club and was a 4-H leader. Howard also enjoyed dancing and playing cards and for many years, he and Ione spent winters in Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Ione, Buffalo; four sons, Mark (Joanne), Buffalo, Kevin (Rhea), Craig (Pamela), Steve (Susan) all of Fargo, ND; daughter, Marcene (Bill) Hoffmann, Wheatland, ND, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Merlyn; brothers, Merrill and Harry Jr.; sister, Dolores Pribbernow and grandson, Barrett.
Visitation: Tuesday, February 14, from 5:30 to 7 in the Buffalo Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7.
Funeral: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:30 in the Buffalo Lutheran Church.
Burial: Buffalo Cemetery.
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