Donald L. Howell, 81, of Ottawa, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Dengel & Son Mortuary.

Family will meet with friends from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at the mortuary.

Interment Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Donald was born Sept. 16, 1936, in Franklin County, Kansas, the son of Herbert and Kathleen (Stoffer) Howell.

He was a lifelong Franklin County resident living in Ottawa and moving in 1968 to Pomona.

He graduated from Pomona High School with the class of 1954.

Donald was united in marriage to Amy May VanLoenen Nov. 25, 1956, in Ottawa. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Kathleen Howell; brother, John Howell; and infant sister, Alice Howell.

Survivors include his five children, Robin Howell of Protem, Missouri, John Howell and wife Kenna of Fort Worth, Texas, Veronica Bowman of Lansing, Iowa, Martha Mundy and husband Butch of Topeka, Kansas, and Sarah Howell of Ottawa; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Donald was a millwright with Farmland Industries in Lawrence from 1960 to 1998.

He was a 4H leader and Boy Scouts leader. Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting, tinkering in his shop, and liked to winter in south Texas. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Donald’s Tribute Wall at