Ferguson: John Howard
July 24, 1933 – Sept. 7, 2018
John Howard (Howie) Ferguson died September 7, 2018, at the age of 85. Howard was born on July 24, 1933, in Acadia Valley.
Howard was the youngest of nine children born to Jack and Hannah Ferguson. Howard grew up in Acadia Valley and attended linesman schooling at SAIT. Howard had a lengthy career for the Canadian Wheat Board in Drumheller, Lethbridge and Winnipeg. Howard began dating the love of his life, Joy Peers, in 1954 and they were married November 9, 1957. They moved to Youngstown to begin their life together. Howard and Joy’s first son Darcy was born January 30, 1959, followed by Blaine August 6, 1962, and Jerry July 12, 1965. All the boys were born in Hanna except Scott, who was born September 18, 1969 in Wainwright.
After Howard’s retirement from the Canadian Wheat Board in 1994 they returned to Hanna to be closer to their family.
Howard was involved in many activities with friends at their winter home in Arizona including playing baseball and dancing with his wife, Joy. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Drumheller, Lethbridge, Winnipeg and Hanna. He enjoyed attending the Old Time Jamboree and Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale.
Howard was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Hannah; his wife, Joy Ferguson; his siblings: Donald, Joe, MacDonald (Mac), Doug, Dorothy and Jean Ferguson, and granddaughter Taylor Ferguson.
Howard is survived by his four sons: Darcy (Tracy), Blaine, Jerry (Donalee), Scott (Kathy), grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Kyle, Carissa, Adam, Jorden, Hunter, Tyler; his sister Joan Shields, twin sister Helen Sherman, sister-in-law Helen Peers, brothers-in-law Larry and Glen Peers, special friend Kay Munroe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held September 14 at the Hanna United Church at 2 p.m., with John Armstrong officiating.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. Condolences can be forward to the family at www.hannafuneral.ca .