Damon Lee Howell, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 23, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born April 11, 1953, in Watseka, Illinois, to Arthur and Thelma (Warrick) Howell.
He grew up in Morocco, Indiana, graduating from North Newton High School in 1971. He attended Huntington College for one year and then transferred to Manchester College where in 1981 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education. In 1983, he relocated to Goshen where he received a minor in U.S. History from Goshen College while working there as a custodian.
Beginning in 1989, and for the last 28 years, he worked as an optician in Elkhart, first for C&B Optical and then for Ossip Optometry and Ophthalmology. Damon's interests and hobbies included singing, playing the guitar and piano, genealogy, antiquing, collecting postcards and reading about the American Civil War, especially Gettysburg. He would return several weekends during the year to the home place in Morocco to visit his sister, to work on the 4-acre home place, and to research Newton County history.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 21 at a Navigator Conference, Champaign, Illinois. He worshipped at LifePoint Church, Goshen, for many years and at Fellowship of Living Hope, Rensselaer, while back in Morocco.
Surviving is a sister, Donna Howell, Morocco.
Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. (EST) at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home where a 6 p.m. funeral service will be conducted. Pastors Ed Bontreger, Troy Scott and George Bates will officiate.
Burial will be Friday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. (EST) in Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.
Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 24, 2017