Eldon Ross Howe passed of natural causes in his home September 21, 2021. He was born in Southgate, CA February 25, 1927 to Amos and Barbara Howe. He is survived by Dona Howe - his loving wife of 69 years, two children and their spouses Bret and Michelle Howe, and Tracy and Lee Keraly (Howe); and six grandchildren and their spouses and children Cory and John (children - April and Michael), Jason and Cammie (children - Audrey and Fiona), Heather and Gareth (children Owen and Rhiannon), Travis and Sara, Beki and James and Jesse and Stacy (son- Landon).

Eldon grew up in Los Angeles. He took up the trumpet at age 15 with a dear friend, Clyde Reasinger, and played with many well known big bands and entertainers for dances and shows on cruise ships, in well known hotels, night clubs, parks and places such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. He served in the Merchant Marines, National Guard and the Army, playing trumpet in their bands as well.

He married Dona on June 7, 1952. They enjoyed 66 years in what he called "God's Country", (Manhattan Beach, CA) where he taught over 900 ?fth grade students over a span of 32 years at Meadows and Pennekamp Elementary Schools. He learned to ?y and took students and family on many adventures! He was an avid golf and tennis player, he skied on snow and water, and jogged and ran in marathons and triathlons into his 60s. He took 4 mile walks to and from the beach up to the age of 89. He hosted and attended many memorable gatherings with his special, long time neighbors!

He was loyal, generous, honest, humble, sympathetic, courageous, hard working, motivated and a loving husband, father and friend, and he kept his keen mind and sense of humor up to the last day. He will forever be knit into our hearts!
In closing, to coin some of his favorite songs/entertainers, "Thanks for Memories", "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together" and "I'll Be Seeing You"!
Published by The Beach Reporter on Oct. 7, 2021.
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Fond memories of Eldon from the 1970's. He was a down to earth man with a nice smile and pleasant demeanor, who will be missed.
Dave Conroy
October 16, 2021
We had 69 good years of marriage. And we brought into the world two of the best children ever. It's been a perfect life together. Like everyone else, he had problems but they never stopped him. Being blinded in one eye gave him special privileges he never used. He didn't have to shoot in the service but became a "sharpshooter" anyway. He was told that with only one eye, you couldn't see 3 dimensional. But he he managed to fly a plane and land successfully anyway. And he was always willing to do more than his share of the work. He got a master's degree and 32 units just because he could earn more for his family that way. He had a well planned life and it worked out to be a great life for me. I'll love you forever Eldon.
Dona Howe
October 16, 2021
What wonderful memories I have of Eldon and the whole Howe family. Some of my fondest include the Fourth of July neighborhood parties, those card games you mentioned, Tracy, and how gentle and kind Eldon was. Tracy was always so kind to me, and would have me over to play even though I was probably a pesky little kid. Eldon might be practicing trumpet, and he was so accomplished. There was always music at the Howe home, mostly live. I remember quite clearly the back exercise straps that attached to the bedroom door. I knew I wanted to try them and had reached out to touch them when Eldon stepped out and explained they weren't a toy. He could have been stern, but he was calm and instructive, as I imagine he was with his students. The airplane (did he ever get my dad up in it? I think so...), the Cadillac he was so proud of, and his meticulously neat garage are all things I recall. Along with sweet Dona, the Howe house was another home to the Pruss kids. The twinkle in Eldon's eyes, and his curiosity about almost anything made him a true Renaissance man. He will be truly missed. Thank you, Eldon, for being part of my truly cherished Manhattan Beach childhood.
Tharon (Pruss) Lyon
October 15, 2021
Daddy, I am truly knit from your influence, and therefore you cannot be torn away from my heart, memory or identity. One of my earliest memories is of you standing in the back porch practicing arpeggios on your trumpet. I was 3 or 4 yrs old, looking up, and you looked 12 ft tall to me. You may as well have been, as I do believe your music became one of the biggest influences in my life and one of the best things we shared. You were my image of a true hero, a great example of self sacrifice and self discipline, humor, bravery. You listened, cared, and responded in unselfish and well thought out ways, when the predicament allowed for prudence and thoughtfulness. But I remember your impulsive reactions almost more, the things you did that surprised us. Once we were all enjoying a 4th of July party at the Corwin's. You came late, still dressed in a tux. You walked out onto their raised deck and spotted Bret struggling in the pool below, (the rest of us were oblivious) and dove in to save him -- tux, wallet, shoes and all! I remember a time at the River when I started to float out beyond the little peninsula that kept us from going out too deep. I yelled for you, and you swam out immediately, but then decided to teach me a lesson by using the situation to illustrate life guarding techniques! You said if a person panics, the life guard must push them under water and spin them around so they wouldn't cling and grab the life guard! Another rescue that will never be forgotten was the time you jumped into The River when Mom had fallen skiing and was nowhere to be seen! You cut the motor quickly, then decided she must be UNDER the boat, so you leaped in. There were more subtle things you rescued us all from through the years, and many, many important lessons you taught us (and the over 900 Manhattan Beach 5th graders you taught throughout your 32 years at Meadows and Pennekamp Schools). Some of the more inspiring lessons were taught through example rather than words. You started jogging to lose weight and improve your health, then worked up to running in marathons in your 50s and even participated in a triathlon or two! For as long as I lived, I witnessed you doing lower back exercises (even when we were staying in motels on vacation). These exercises were prescribed when you were in your 40s, but you never stopped doing them, just like you never stopped walking 'God's Country' as you referred to Manhattan Beach - - 4 miles a day until the age of 89, making friends along the way! What an example! You and Mom also illustrated what it means to keep in touch with people. You received Christmas cards from the same people for over 50 years, kept in touch by phone and hand made cards and calls rather than just texts or emails! I remember all of the neighborhood gatherings you hosted, and even the smaller events where you'd go to dinner at neighbors' homes and play cards. I'll never forget being half asleep at the door over your shoulder while you and Mom were saying "good bye" to the neighbors over and over again, amidst conversations that would start then end then start again. We'd gone to sleep in the neighbors' beds to reassuring background sounds of you and the others' laughter and happy conversations at the card table. You praised others generously and often. Doing this encouraged AND thanked them all at once. It also fostered respect and conveyed appreciation and admiration for us. You were quick to praise the type of person Mom is and the artist and wife and mother she is. You praised my musicianship to your band buddies, which always made me proud. You talked highly about Bret's many accomplishments, ideas and intelligence. You appreciated the loyalty of long term friends and their gestures of love. Those who went the extra mile and were clever both tickled and impressed you! I remember the long weekend mornings of waiting and waiting and waiting (seemed like forever) for you to get up so we could see whether you'd make us your spectacular waffles! I remember how you let us "help" build our tree house and problem solve having to build it around the trunk and figuring out how to put in a window cover that rose with a pulley to reveal a view of the PV Peninsula! I remember your great joy when your grandkids were born, and how much you loved all of them, teased them, told them stories, shared your music with them, inspired them and made them chuckle! This isn't "good bye", this is "I'm gonna miss you! Thank you for everything! Take good care, and don't do anything I wouldn't do until we meet again", and LOVE YOU FOREVER! XOXOXOXOXOXO
Tracy Keraly (Howe)
October 15, 2021
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