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Gale Lee “Topper” Howell

Gale Lee “Topper” Howell, 79, of Whitefish, Montana left the world to be with the Lord on September 10, 2018 AD, after a short battle with Stage 4 cancer.  

Gale L “Topper” was born to Floyd and Carrel Viola (Stewart) Howell on January 31, 1939, at Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, Iowa.  Topper attended grades 1 thru 8 at the Star School, and freshman thru senior at Kahoka High School, where he graduated in 1956.

After graduation from High School, Topper worked for Reed Van Black driving a rock truck. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957, doing two years active duty and serving several months in Germany.  He served two years of reserve duty and two years stand-by duty before being honorably discharged in 1963.

After the Army, he moved to Fort Peck, Montana, working on a ranch.  Topper then moved to the Flathead Valley in western Montana.  

Topper had one daughter, Robin Dawn, and three sons, Anthony “Tony” Howell of Columbia Falls, Montana, Robert “Robb” Howell of Medford, Oregon, and Carl Howell of Kalispel, Montana.

Gale “Topper” then drove a semi for several years.  He drove local routes and across country.

In 1984, Topper married Janice Plummer of Whitefish, Montana, where they lived until her death in 2009.  Gale “Topper” then married Mary Jo Dean of Kahoka, Missouri, in 2010, and they lived in Whitefish, Montana, until his death in 2018.

“Topper” was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Robin Dawn, a nephew, Ethan Duckworth, a brother-in-law. R.C. (Sonny) Duckworth.  He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Howell of the home, his three sons, and special step-son Corey Dean of Kahoka, Missouri, sister Glee Snead of Kahoka, Missouri, niece Bethany Duckworth of Macon, Missouri, 13 grandchildren in various states, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Gale “Topper” L. Howell was held Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispel, Montana.