Howe, Gary Woodson "Woody" Age 82 Howe died September 14, 2018, after a lengthy illness and short-term stay at a memory care unit in Gretna, NE. He was born on February 15, 1936, in Sioux City, IA, the son of Robert B. and Marjorie Woodson Howe. After graduation from Central High School, Howe received a four-year ROTC scholarship to Yale University, where he graduated in 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radio and communications officer and navigator from 1958 to 1961. His first job as a journalist was working as a reporter for the Lincoln Star Journal in Lincoln, NE. He was hired by the Omaha World-Herald, where he held several editorial jobs, including Editor, where he finished his long distinguished career there from 1962 to 1998. A particularly proud accomplishment during that time was a landmark case decided in a 9-0 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court for First Amendment rights. The Nebraska Press Association inducted Howe into the Hall of Fame two years ago. He believed the World-Herald, as a major daily newspaper, should serve the people of Nebraska and western Iowa. He felt that quality newspapers remain an integral part of a democratic republic. He was proud of his community and served on many boards. In retirement Howe dedicated his time to his golf game. Howe is survived by his second wife, Marilyn McLeod Howe; his sister, Mariette Howe Bell; children: Marisa (Seth Webb) Edison Webb and Aven Webb, Evan (Nicole) Howe, Neve, Charlie and Kirsa Howe; as well as his first wife, Anda Grinbergs Howe. The family wishes to thank the staff at SilverRidge Assisted Living in Gretna, NE, for their loving end-of-life care. SERVICES: 2pm Friday, October 5, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, followed by a reception at the Omaha Press Club. Interment will be in a family plot at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Omaha Press Club Foundation, for journalism scholarships. PO Box 4842, Benson Station, Omaha, NE 68104.
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