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Howerton, Donald Leon

Howerton, Donald Leon

February 10, 1938 — October 12, 2019

Donald Leon Howerton, 81, a longtime Liberty resident, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2019, with family at his side. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, October 18, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. A service celebrating Don's life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 19, at Second Baptist Church, 309 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Boy Scout Troop 376, 11020 North Tullis Court, Kansas City, MO 64157, Inasmuch Ministries, 2050 Plumbers Way, Suite 190, Liberty, MO 64068 or Hillcrest Hope, 612 Grover Street, Liberty, MO 64068.

Don was born February 10, 1938, in Knox County, MO, the eldest of three children of Glen and Gladys (Campbell) Howerton. He graduated from Novelty (MO) High School, received his Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Northeast Missouri State University at Kirksville. Don was united in marriage to Clara Eubank on June 28, 1959, at the First Baptist Church in Columbia, MO.

Don's career in Education spanned 33 years, first for three years as a Mathematics and Science teacher in Braymer, MO, and for the last 30 years as a Junior High Counselor in the Liberty School district. He retired in 1993. He served and was an active member of many professional organizations in Education.

Don became active in Scouting when his son Jeff became a Cub Scout. He served as a leader of Boy Scout Troop 376 in Liberty and was an Honorary Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was an active 40-year member of Second Baptist Church. Don and Clara enjoyed camping and travels throughout 49 states. He especially enjoyed times in Colorado. His passions also included photography, creating stained glass windows, acrylic painting and judging for the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Clara; children, Debbie Lane (Ed), Shelia Dittmer (Andy) and Jeffrey Howerton (Claudia); grandchildren, Abby Lane (Adam Gerber), Sara Quick (Matt), Heidi Dittmer, Isaac Howerton, Glen Dittmer and Henry Howerton; great granddaughter, Zoe Lane-Gerber; sisters, Kaye Morris (Barry) and Diana Weede (Larry, deceased); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, October 18, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. A service celebrating Don’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 19, at Second Baptist Church, 309 East Kansas Street, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery.

Howerton, Donald Leon's Guestbook

Dear Clara, Debbie, Ed, Abby, Adam, Sara, Matt, great granddaughter Zoe and the Howerton Family, My thoughts are with you all during this sad time. Don’s sweetness and legacy will live on forever in your hearts. May you find strength in his memory. G-d Bless

Gail Gerber

Sending peace for you all at this time. I remember Don so very fondly as a co-worker and mentor to students (and his fellow counselors like me and Bob Sires who were rookies compared to Don!) at Liberty Junior High in the mid 1980's. He was a character who made work fun (even when it wasn't) but he was also a caring and dedicated educator over many years guiding the course and programming for students in Liberty Schools. I highly respected him and his work. Don influenced many, many young ones as they prepared for high school, adulthood and important lives of their own. He surely touched the future - and that's what I call a life well-lived. db

Diane Bruening

Praise our God as Donald marches on in blessed Eternity!

John&Becky Howerton, Crockett, CA

Clara, so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have lived in BELLEVUE, NE since 1989, but I still remember you and Don as educators that I admired, as a substitute and then later a teacher at Franklin School, I observed the love and dedication you both had for your students. Praying for your family for comfort and peace. Loving memories are a blessing at this time.

Charlotte Decker

My thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends of Mr. Howerton. Mr. Howerton was one of the few people that I could talk to during my years at LJHS. He was a kind man who truly cared about the students and listened without judgement.

Lexye Shockley (Adams)

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