This page is dedicated to Howe Alumni or Old Boys/Girls who recently passed away. To report a death, contact us or e-mail our Outreach Coordinator at: alumni.outreach@hmsalumni.org.

With sadness, we report the passing of the following fellow Howe alums:

Ray Gillespie ’68
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Ralph Huggett ’43
Ralph passed away on April 7, 2022. He was 97.  A former Trustee.

Cliff Herold OB ’52
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John C. Wattles ’49
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Melvin Blackmon, Jr. ’74
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Judith Cramer Perkins
Sister of COL Thomas Merritt ’53, daughter of MAJ James Merritt ’17, and niece of Margaret Merritt, long time School secretary.

Judith Cramer Perkins died on April 25, 2022. She was born in Sturgis, Michigan on April 29, 1939 to James Schaeffer and Marian Davidson Merritt.

As a child she was raised at Howe Military School in Howe, Indiana where her father was Commandant of Cadets. She was baptized at St. James Chapel on the school campus. She attended school at Lima Township. Her mother died when she was 9 years old and they moved off campus to the Merritt home where her father married Rosella Klopfenstein. After graduation, she worked for 10 years at the State Bank of Lima in Howe. She enjoyed traveling to San Antonio, Texas to visit her Dad’s sister Margaret Merritt. She also liked to visit her Grandmother Davidson in Constantine, Michigan and go to Lake Orion, Michigan to visit her Mother’s brother Halsey Davidson and his wife Harriet along with her two cousins, Alice and Marianne. Throughout her life, she loved spending time with her favorite cousin, Harriet Willard Wade.

On September 9, 1967 she married Miles S. Perkins of Stroh, Indiana at the St. James Chapel after a short courtship that started with a blind date. She became a member of the Stroh Church of Christ. She raised her family on Big Turkey Lake near Stroh.

Surviving are her husband, Miles Perkins, two daughters and sons-in-law Alice (Mark) Snyder of Grayling, Michigan and Ann (Matt) Scott of Pittsboro, Indiana and grandchildren Benjamin Snyder, Brady Scott, Kristina Snyder and Macy Scott.

She is preceded in death by her brother COL Thomas Merritt ’53, former Superintendent and long-time Trustee, mother Marian and father MAJ James Merritt ’17, long-time Commandant of Cadets, and aunt Margaret Merritt, long time School secretary.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11am at the Stroh Church of Christ. Calling will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 4-8pm and at 10am prior to Memorial Service. In memory of Judy, wear red and/or hearts. A burial service will be held at Lake Bethel Cemetery, LaGrange, Indiana and Constantine Township Cemetery, Constantine, Michigan following the service.

Memorials are to be made to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish in Howe, Indiana or to the Howe Military School Alumni Association. To expedite donations to HMSAA, please mail to Jean Miller, Outreach Coordinator, 17 Clay St., Lake Placid, FL 33852 so Jean can send “Thank you” noted and tax receipts.

Edgar “Ken” Leavenworth ’53
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William Pearlman ’71
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Carl A. “Pete” Rehm, Jr. ’53
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Frederick Koehler ’46
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Kenneth (Kenny) Lee ’80
Kenneth passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, October 9th, 2021.
His services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Berean Church, 5147 S. Dearborn St. Chicago, Illinois 60609.

John M. Roelke ’55
John passed away in his home on August 17, 2021. View obituary.

Robert Buchanan Beardsley
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David Busch ’71

Steve Carmick
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John Frayer, OB ’70
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Reynold Hallett ’67
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Robert Joss ’47
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Robert served as a director on the Alumni Board for a number of years and attended all of the Indianapolis events.

Wayne Kieb ’62
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Scott C. Shurz, Sr. ’53
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Scott was a loyal supporter of Howe; he was Alumnus of the Year in 2002.

Travis Sowers, ’93
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David Speer, ’72
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Glen Szladek ’65
Seal Beach, CA

Major Talmadge “Tam” Haas
USAF, ’60 died 4-4-21 in Oregon.
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