Richard T. Howarth, 79, Ephrata, Marriot Corp. retiree, enjoyed Key West fishing, active Lion

By on January 7, 2015

Richard T. Howarth, 79, of 161 Fieldcrest Lane, Ephrata, died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

His wife, Jacalyn (Longer) Howarth survives. Born in Milltown, N.J., he was the son of the late Joseph and Madeline (Lyons) Howarth.

Dick retired from Marriot Corp. in 1995, after a 41-year career as operations manager on the PA Turnpike and also the NY Thruway. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Milltown, N.J.

Dick was active in the Garden Spot Lions Club, serving as president from 2004-2006 and 2009-2013. He received the Melvin Jones Award in 2007-2008 and the Lion of the Year award in 2003-2004. He delivered Meals-on-Wheels in the Terre Hill-Fivepointville-Bowmansville areas and was an avid bowler and a devoted Penn State football and Syracuse University basketball fan. His annual fishing trips to Key West with his sons will always be a special memory.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Diane Howarth, Holtwood; Cynthia Howarth, Mechanicsburg; Donna Howarth, Emerson, Ga.; Richard Howarth Jr., Mechanicsburg; Carl Howarth, Camp Hill; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; six siblings: Joseph Howarth, Henry Howarth, Clair Gray, Barbara Gunia, Rosemary Mazer, Catherine Hines; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers: Robert and Raymond Howarth; and sisters: Patricia Murazke and Madeline Howarth.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Garden Spot Lions Club, P. O. Box 26, Bowmansville, PA 17507.

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, is assisting the family. Condolences may be posted at

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