HOWARD D. “TINY” WITCOMBE 78, of Aurelia, Iowa, passed away Wednesday evening, January 30, 2013 in the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 4th, at 10:30 a.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia, Iowa. Rev. Missy Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee, Iowa. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Monday. Visitation will be on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. There will be masonic services at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening at the funeral home that is open for all relatives and friends to attend. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Howard was born on July 2, 1934 on the family farm near Quimby, Iowa to John & Ethel (Lint) Witcombe. He graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1952. He was married to RoJane B. Johnson on June 6, 1954 at the Covenant Church in Ceresco, Nebraska. He had worked at Bauman’s Bakery, Wright’s Tree Service, worked on transformers for a power company in Beatrice, Nebraska, and Rausch Trucking before going to work for the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1956. During his years with the D.O.T. he worked highway construction, bridge inspection and retired in October of 1996 as an assistant maintenance engineer. He had lived in Aurelia since 1971 and prior to this in Cherokee for many years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Tiny had served on various boards of the church and he and RoJane were the church custodians for many years. He was a 49 year member and past master of Speculative Masonic Lodge in Cherokee, Order of Eastern Star, Odd Fellows Lodge, and the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple. Tiny was a longtime member and past board member of the Aurelia Golf Club where he loved to play golf. He enjoyed fast pitch softball, playing his guitar and singing in various bands. He will always be remembered for his gift of storytelling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife RoJane on April 30, 2011 and a son Shawn on September 10, 1985.
He is survived by his three children: Shelley Witcombe and her husband Don Bossung of Lincoln, Nebraska; Scott Witcombe of Cherokee, Iowa; Shane Witcombe and his wife Kim of Chandler, Arizona; one grandson Sean Witcombe of Cherokee, Iowa; two step-grandchildren: A.J. Bossung and Katie Bossung of Lincoln, Nebraska; one step-great grandson: Christian Bossung; two brothers: Don Witcombe and his wife Marlene of Cherokee, Iowa; Ron Witcombe and his wife Jan of Cherokee, Iowa; two brothers-in-law: Merlin Johnson of Ceresco, Nebraska; Harlan Johnson and his wife Sharon of Ceresco, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law: Sheral and her husband Earl Johnson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Linda and her husband Fred Schwartz of Lincoln, Nebraska; also several nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.