John L. Howell, 66 of Shadyside, Ohio died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire, Ohio.
He was born November 30, 1949 in Lancaster, Ohio a son of the late John D. Howell, Jr. and Elsie L. Gillespie Howell.
John was a retired Data Processing Manager for the United Dairy for forty years.
He was a Methodist by faith and a former Shadyside Village Councilman and a graduate of Fairfield Union High School, Class of 1967, member of the Shadyside Relay’s committee, the former Jaycees and worked the camera line at the Jamboree in the Hills for many years..
He had been the OVAC Basketball Commissioner since 1995 and served prior to that as the assistant commissioner from 1983-1994. Howell taught the basketball training class for many years, producing more than twenty officials who’ve gone on to earn state tournament assignments in either Ohio or West Virginia. In 1972 he joined the Ohio Valley Board of Approved Basketball Officials and spent 38 years working games throughout the Ohio Valley. John was inducted into the OHSAA’s Officials Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the Official of the Year Award in both Ohio and West Virginia. He was later inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame in 2013. Besides being passionate about basketball, he was also an active official for Ohio Valley track events.
John also enjoyed summer league basketball and softball and being affectionately referred to as “Vidal”…for his perfectly manicured hair.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Amy Howell, mother-in-law, Esther Frew Warner and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Mohler.
Surviving are his wife, Jane Warner Howell,whom he married on July 7, 1967 in Lancaster, Ohio, his daughters, Missy Eaton of St. Clairsville, Ohio and Zaneta Howell of Powhatan Point, Ohio and his granddaughter, Emily Eaton of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Also his father-in-law, Francis Warner of Columbus, Ohio, sisters-in-law, Sharon Mohler of Baltimore, Ohio and Barb (Kraig) Warther of Lockbourne, Ohio and a special canine, Coco.
Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm and Sunday from 12 Noon to 4 and 6 to 8 pm where services will be held on Monday at 11 am with Reverend Randy Weaver officiating. Interment in the Powhatan Cemetery in Powhatan Point, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the OVAC, OR & W Fire District or the Shadyside High School Athletic Director’s Fund by going to www.tmcfunding.com.
Share your thoughts and memories with John’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer. com.