George Martin Howard, 81

George Martin Howard, 81, of Lewes, Del., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at his home.

Howard was a man of many trades: farmer, carpenter and heavy-equipment operator. Having hard work instilled in him from an early age, he formed numerous businesses over the course of his life, from a construction company with his son John and son-in-law Baron Joseph, to a trucking company and a mobile-home park.

He was always out in the public trying to make a deal. He enjoyed going to auctions and seeing the potential money to be made in what others saw as junk. He also enjoyed traveling, watching NASCAR races and socializing with friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, George H. Howard and Bessie (Fowler) Howard; his wife, Suzann (Cooper) Howard; a son-in-law, Baron Joseph; a brother, Lester Howard and a sister, Vivian Wilson. He is survived by his four children, Shirley Mihm and her husband, Ed, John M. Howard, Kathleen Marie Rogers and Mary Lou Joseph; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Blakeney, Kevin Soots, James Rogers, Jessica Rogers, Heather Rogers, Billie Jean Joseph and Lisa Marie Clausen; eight great-grandchildren; his longtime companion and love of many years, Mary Farber; a sister, Patsy Weatherly; a sister-in-law, Vicky Howard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Howard’s life was to be held Nov. 12, 2018, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Seasons Hospice; 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 407; Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be sent online at