Howard Bennett Honaker

Born: Wed., Sep. 24, 1930
Died: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 05, 2018
Location: Heyl Funeral Home

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 06, 2018
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Mon., Aug. 06, 2018
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

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Howard Bennett Honaker, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center at 87 years old.  He was born September 24, 1930 in Moorhead, KY., the son of the late Earnest and Lillie (Hardin) Honaker.

Howard was a resident of Ashland most of his life.  He was a graduate of Ashland High School and attended Ashland College. While in high school, Howard was an athlete active in Football and track.  He was also the sports editor of his high school paper and later was a correspondent for both the Ashland Times Gazette and Mansfield News Journal.  Howard was employed with Faultless Rubber Co. /Abbott Labs for 48 years where he held various positions before retiring as the Manager of Labor Relations in 2002. He was an active member of the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was past President of the Church Council and had been past Chair of the Finance Committee.  Howard was the Amateur Softball Association State Commissioner for 37 years, guided the organization’s national office for two years, was a member of the United States Olympic Committee for four years and International softball Federation Delegate for five years.  He was president of the Ashland Little League, Ashland Pony League, and Ashland Colt League.  He also managed numerous youth baseball and basketball teams.  In addition, he started and founded the National Industrial Recreational Assocation bowling tournament.  Howard was Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame Board Member and Inductee, the United Way Drive Chairman Industrial Division, and served as a member of the Elks Lodge and the Eagles Club.  Howard was an avid fan of attending all his grandchildren’s sports and school events.

On June 14, 1952, Howard married Kathleen “Kitty” (Shank) Honaker who survives.  Also survived by his children, David F. Honaker of Ashland, Richard L. (Sandra L.) Honaker of Trevor, WI., Pamela (Tim) Tegtmeier of Wooster, and Randy (Lisa) Honaker of Westerville; his 10 grandchildren, Chad Honaker, Jeffrey Honaker, Hayley Marth, Heather Lewis, Andrew Honaker, Allison Honaker, Abigail Rathmann, Ashleigh Malec, Christy Gray and Jon Tegtmeier; along with his 30 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents Howard was preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas Honaker, Robert Honaker, Alfred Honaker, Chester Honaker, Floyd Honaker, Elizabeth Brewer, Harvey Honaker, Martha Stepp, Earnest Honaker and Grace Ricer.

Funeral services will be held at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church Monday, August 6, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Karen Liddy and Pastor Richard Beal officiating.  Burial will follow at Ashland Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Heyl Funeral Home from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  and also one hour prior to the service at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made in Howard’s memory to the Cat House Feline Sanctuary Inc. 1130 E. Main St., No. 136 Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to United Way of Ashland County 132 West Main St. Lower Level, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

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Carmen Barbera
   Posted Fri August 03, 2018

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Carmen Barbera.

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear Father, Husband and Grandfather. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Love and Prayers to you all. Carmen Barbera

Diana Strong
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Kitty, Pam, Tim m, Job and Christie! Howard was always sniling and such a friendly man. He will be missed by many. You all have my love and deepest sympathy

George White
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018


You will be greatly missed! A wonderful man gone to rest in peace, his work done.

Walter N Harrop
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss and for the loss to the community. We will be unable to attend calling hours or the funeral. Rest assured that Howard is in the hands our blessed Lord Jesus and he will be watching over you. Love, Coach and Donna

The Krawczyk Family
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
We didn't know Howard but heard what a wonderful person he truly was. We are very good friends of Rick and Sandys, and love them dearly. May Howard rest in peace ….until you meet again. We will be making a donation to the Cat House today in Howard's memory...…..we are also serious cat lovers...

Christine Krawczyk
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018


Douglas Dicey
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
I will always remember Howard as a man of his word. I was please to be able to share our friendship for many years. He was a man who loved ASA and softball and gave many hours of his life to the sport. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Doug Dicey, NHASA Commissioner Emeritus
Kennebunkport, Maine

Dan and Sherri Schlitt
   Posted Sun August 05, 2018
Please accept our deepest regret for the passing of Howard. He was a great man and will be missed by many people. A donation to the United Way will be made in Howard's name.

   Posted Sun August 05, 2018
I had the opportunity to care for Mr Honaker during his final days. He was a kind man, who was loved deeply by his family.
"'A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others'

Ross Oehling
   Posted Sun August 05, 2018
Dave & all the Honaker Family, sorry for your loss! May you remember all of the good times, sure there are many! RIP Howard

JOEY RICH, USA Softball Missouri
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Howard always had a positive attitude and I looked up to him with a lot of respect in my earlier years with ASA/USA Softball. He treated me fairly and with respect. As I recall, he won the TV raffle at the national meeting several times!! :) My sincere respect and appreciation to this dear friend. Condolences to the family!

Dilip N Patel
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Mrs Howard Honaker and family.pleas accept our heartfelt condolences on passig of our friend howard.may god bless his soul. we all miss him for ever. if there is anything we can do please let us know. Dilip bharti patel and family.

Janie and Tim James
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Aunt Kitty and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. All 13 of the children are now reunited with their Mom and Dad. Lots and lots of memories. I’m sorry I couldn’t attend. Love always, Janie and Tim.

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