Howard Robert Shope
August 9, 1918 – March 24, 2011
Howard, 92, was born August 9, 1918 in Redlands, CA where he grew up with his six brothers and one sister. Howard graduated from Coachella Valley Union High School in 1936 and joined the Army in 1941. He served his country honorably during World War II. During that time he met his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Shope, while on leave with a friend in Astoria, Oregon. Howard and Betty exchanged letters while he was overseas and they married in 1945.
They lived in Astoria and raised their children where he worked at Tongue Point Naval Base as a civil service worker. When the base closed, the family moved to Blaine in 1962 where he maintained the base housing and buildings at the Air Force radar station at Birch Bay. After he retired he started a second career as a handy-man around town, often busy enough to work 6 or 7 days a week.
Howard enjoyed visits from his brothers, sister and their families. And although he wouldn’t say it with words, he enjoyed giving to his family. He often had a smile on Christmas that was not seen other days of the year. During the last part of his life he kept a close watch on his Blaine neighborhood and Borderite students from his chair in front of the big window.
Howard is survived by his daughter Linda Thompson of Blaine; son Stephen (Sharon) Shope of Kelso; grandchildren, Becky (Eric), Christie (Casey), Melissa (Scott), Paul (Timery), Beth (Franky) and Jeremy (Jaclyn); great-grandchildren, Katie, Zachary, Taylor, Zane, Kolton, Ryan, Andrew, Emily, Isabell, Marena, Brayden and Jillian; sisters-in-law Betty, Lois, Montie and Shirley Shope; brother-in-law Richard Nixon (Pam); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty, his parents George and Clara, brothers Arthur, Albert, Harold, Don, Herb, Floyd and sister Mable.
Services were held on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Moles Greenacres
Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity.
You may share your memories of Howard in the online guestbook at www.molesfuneralhomes.com
Moles Greenacres Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and On-site Crematory