Howard Wayne Klare was born August 7, 1948, and peacefully passed away August 30, 2019 at the age of 71. Howard was born in El Campo, Texas to Louis and Irene Klare. He graduated from Waltrip High School, was a proud service member of the United States Navy, served for 4 years during the Vietnam War, and spent 21 years in the Naval Reserves. Howard was a charter member of Advent Lutheran Church off of Pinemont. While a member at Advent, he met the love of his life Kathie Grenwelge. Kathie and Howard were married for 47 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Irene, by his in laws, Robert and Lola Grenwelge, Robert “Skipper” Grenwelge, and Ann Grenwelge. Howard is survived by his wife, Kathie, his son and his wife, Kelly and Tracy Klare, his daughter and her husband, Kimberly and Dwayne Harthorn, his four grandchildren, Madison and Brock Klare and Hannah and Brooke Harthorn. He is also survived by his 2 brothers, Dennis and Louis “Buddy” Klare, and his in laws Donna Klare, Gary and Lynn Schroeder, Bill and Lise Grenwelge, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Howard Klare was a lover of life. He loved his country, his family, and his Lord. He was a proud Navy Vet, and displayed that every chance he got. Most days you could catch Howard in a Navy baseball cap or one that represented the aircraft carrier he was on (the Oriskany). Howard also enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s elementary school for Veteran’s Day celebration. Howard was extremely proud of his wife and two grown children. He relished in the fact that he and Kathie had raised two productive, kind, and motivated kids. He adored his four grandchildren even more. He loved watching them all play baseball, softball, volleyball, football, swim team, and compete in FFA competitions. His love for sports and rabbits has been passed down to his grandkids…that love will live on for generations to come. Although Howard was proud to serve his country and extremely proud of his family, Howard’s greatest love was the love he had for his Lord. Howard shared his faith openly not only at church, but to anyone who would listen. People who came across Howard did not have to hear him speak of Jesus, but could see and feel Jesus through his acts of love and forgiveness. Although Howard will be missed tremendously, the family rests in the fact that he is with his Savior and we will see him again.