Obituary for Robert Howat

Robert J. "Finn" Howat, 83, of Birmingham, passed away on his birthday, September 7, 2018. He was born September 7, 1935 in Lorain, Ohio, to Josephine (Brunner) Howat and Robert Howat. Upon his graduation in 1953, from Birmingham High School, he was employed at the Lorain Steel Mill, later going to work at M. A. Harrison Mfg. in Birmingham, as a machinist. In 1969 he went to work for Gilford Instrument in Oberlin, as lead man in their Lathe Dept. until the sale of the company. He served hi ...
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Robert J. "Finn" Howat, 83, of Birmingham, passed away on his birthday, September 7, 2018. He was born September 7, 1935 in Lorain, Ohio, to Josephine (Brunner) Howat and Robert Howat. Upon his graduation in 1953, from Birmingham High School, he was employed at the Lorain Steel Mill, later going to work at M. A. Harrison Mfg. in Birmingham, as a machinist. In 1969 he went to work for Gilford Instrument in Oberlin, as lead man in their Lathe Dept. until the sale of the company. He served his community as a member and Assistant Fire Chief of the Florence Township Volunteer Fire Dept. for 30 years. After retirement, Robert enjoyed working in his beautiful vegetable garden and making maple syrup and sharing his bounty with friends. He was a member of the Wakeman Eagles and enjoyed playing cards with fellow members. Robert is survived by his wife Rosella (Barnes) Howat, daughter Dawn Smith of Amherst and son David of Vermilion. Grandchildren, Jeremy Hofecker of Vermilion, Jessica Hofecker of Ocala, FL, Adam Hering of Vermilion, Christopher (Rebecca) Smith of Amherst and Aaron (Sarah) Smith of Amherst. Great grandchildren Caeley and Braedon Hofecker of Grafton, Max and Madison Smith of New London, Audrey Smith and Emma Smith of Amherst. Robert was preceded in death by his mother Josephine Moore, step father Ralph Moore, father Robert Howat, step mother Darthe Howat and daughter Darlene (Hofecker, Hering). The family wishes to thank New Life Hospice "Angels" for their support and comfort care in Roberts last days. Graveside services will be held at the Birmingham Cemetery, South Street, Birmingham, Ohio, at 11:00 am, Saturday September 15, 2018, with Pastor Dick Kretchmar of the Birmingham United Methodist Church officiating. A time to share memories and to celebrate Robert's life at a luncheon following the service, at the Birmingham Community Center. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Morman Funeral Home, Wakeman, Ohio. Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, Ohio 44053 or Birmingham United Methodist Church, 15018 South Street, Wakeman, Ohio 44889, or Animal Protection League, 7202 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035
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Recent Condolence Notes

Tuesday, 9/11/2018
I’m very sorry for your loss. Mr. howat was always kind to me and I loved his jokes and his kidding around. All around great man and he will be missed.
Mike and Michelle Smith
- Mike Smith

So sorry to hear of your fathers passing Dave. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Judy and Les Wilshire
- judy wilshire

Monday, 9/10/2018
Our Condolences to your family Rosie. Our hearts go out to you.
I remember the good times Robert and Dad had over the years. They were good friends.
He will be missed.

Christena Johannsen, Ruth Ann, Jeff Emerick, John Hooper, Kay & Dave Klinger & Joan Hoffman
- Joan Hoffman

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