Steven L. Howard, of Shady Cove, died at his home Sept. 1, 2007.
Mr. Howard was born in Chester, Idaho, the third son of Irene and Burgess Howard. The family moved to southern California when he was three and settled in South Pasadena where he attended public schools.
He joined the Navy in 1950, serving a four year enlistment aboard the U.S.S. Union in the Korean conflict. After his honorable discharge, he met and married Ruth Ullmann on Aug. 20, 1955. They had two children.
Mr. Howard worked in the carpet business in Los Angeles before moving to Oregon in 1963. He started his carpet business, Rugs 4 U, and built a home in Shady Cove. Doing most of the work themselves.
His children, Dean and Diane, preceded him in death; Diane at age 10 and Dean at age 33. Due to the grief and sadness of losing Diane, the couple divorced.
Mr. Howard later met and married Phyllis Paul, of Shady Cove. He inherited a large family including seven children and numerous grandchildren.
Before retirement, he was an active Lions Club member and member of the original Shady Cove Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed many outdoor activities. He built his own river boat, "Old Yeller," and shared his enjoyment of the boat and river with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and well known for his ability to create very fine wines out of almost any fruit.
Mr. Howard is survived by his wive, Phyllis, her seven children and grandchildren; his sisters, Lea Monson and Alma-Lou Cannon; and his brothers, Quilden and Max Howard.
A memorial service will held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eagle Point on Sept. 8.