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Obituary for Howard M Forrester

Howard Max Forrester, of Santa Maria, CA passed away on September 14, 2017, two months after his 89th birthday. He was born in East Prairie, Missouri, on July 14, 1928. Howard was one of nine children born to Ira and Ella Forrester and is survived only by his youngest brother Herbert.
Howard attended the proverbial “one-room” school house in grades one through eight, then attended the local high school in East Prairie. After graduation he joined the Navy, serving for two years, then attending college on the GI Bill. He studied electronic engineering and was subsequently hired by the Naval Weapons Center in Corona, California, where he was in on the ground-floor of developing guided missile systems.
When he had free time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trap shooting. He was a “gun nut” and loved to camp. He was also an avid gardener, loving to harvest tomatoes, radishes, and other fresh harvest.
He married and had three girls with first wife, Norine. Then after her death married Donna J. Miller with whom he enjoyed a 32 year love affair.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters: Catherine, Charlene, Susan, Cynthia, and Holly. He also leaves a son, Martin Ward. Together with his wife Donna they have 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Howard.


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