Richard J. Howland
Born in Portland, Maine, and raised on Peaks Island, Maine, he was the son of the late Richard F. and Ann (Lyons) Howland.
A 22-year veteran of the Air Force, Mr. Howland served three tours in Vietnam.
He then ran a command post in Greece for eight years and retired as a master sergeant. Mr. Howland received numerous ribbons including a national defense service ribbon, a Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, a Republic of Vietnam campaign medal, an Air Force commendation medal with one oak leaf cluster, the small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, an NCO professional military education ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, and an Air Force longevity ribbon with four oak leaf clusters.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion Post 142.
After retiring from the Air Force, he attended culinary school in California to pursue his love for cooking.
He returned to Peaks Island in 1987 and married Trudy.
In 1996 they moved to Jamestown, where Dick worked at Jamestown Hardware for two years and then at the Senior Center for seven. Due to poor health, he fully retired in 2008.
Dick loved to cook, entertain, travel and be with his family and friends; he also loved animals.
Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Richard A. Howland of Sacramento, Calif.; three step-daughters, Connie Cooley of Girdwood, Ala., Tammy Fasano of Jamestown and Holly Polk of Naples, Maine; two sisters, Kathy Balzano of Portland, Maine and Patricia Cocaine of Massachusetts; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 22 at St. Mark Church in Jamestown. Burial with military honors was in R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.