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|Howard Glenn Silkman
May 2, 1922–November 21, 2008
|Howard Silkman, 86, of Battle Creek, Iowa and formerly of Wyoming, died Friday, November 21, 2008, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the Onslow Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, with military honors accorded by the Wyoming American Legion Post 249. Lahey Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family.
Howard Glenn Silkman was born May 2, 1922, in Battle Creek, Iowa, son of Glenn R. and Lillias Mae (Hutchins) Silkman. He grew up on the family farm in Garfield Township, Ida County, Iowa, and attended country school. Howard graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1939, and then attended Iowa State College in Ames until enlisting in the Army Air Corps on September 14, 1942. Following basic training, Howard was assigned to the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center where he was commissioned as a fighter and bomber pilot on April 15, 1944. On July 1, 1944, he was united in marriage to Eleanor Matson at San Antonio, Texas.
In November of 1944, Howard was assigned to the Pacific Theatre of War where he flew 40 missions before returning to the states. In October of 1946, he joined the Reserves and was honorably discharged from military service on December 13, 1946. Howard returned to farming in Battle Creek until June of 1951, and then was called back to service as a pilot and photographic engineer in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. Following active duty he remained at Wright-Patterson Airfield in Dayton, Ohio, in the reconnaissance lab until retiring from government service. He earned his degree from Dayton University. Again Howard returned to Iowa, this time locating on a farm in the Wyoming, Iowa, area. He farmed for a time, and then served as assistant supervisor of the woodworking department at Anamosa State Prison for eight years.
Howard and Ellie were blessed with two children, Robert and Debbie. Ellie passed away on November 20, 2001 in Wyoming, Iowa. On December 14, 2002, Howard married Doris Campbell at Battle Creek, Iowa. After living in Wyoming for two years, the couple returned to Battle Creek.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; two children and their families, Robert (Lynette) Silkman of Greenfield and their children, Kaitlynn, Amanda, Glenn, Stephanie, and Rebecca, and Debbie (Shawn) Fix of St. Charles and their children Rene, Rachel, and Ross; two step-children, Ed Campbell of Battle Creek, and Kathryn (Bruce) Shell of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Eleanor (Kenneth) Powers of Davenport; a brother, Donald (Ann) Silkman of Murray, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his first wife, Howard was preceded in death by is parents, a brother, Lewis Silkman, a sister-in-law, Gay Silkman, and her daughter, Janice, and a brother-in-law, Donald Witt.
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