Friday, September 11, 2009

Darke County Prosecutor Richard Howell passes away

Darke County Prosecutor Richard Howell passed away Friday morning at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. God bless Dick Howell and his family.

Mr. Richard M. Howell age 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday September 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM at his residence. He was born July 7, 1953 in St. Mary’s, Ohio. He is the son of Richard and Maxine (Cost) Howell of West Milton, Ohio. He was the Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County. He was a Member of the Elks Lodge of Greenville, Ohio, the Prosecutors Association, and the Bar Association. He Graduated from Memorial High School in St. Mary’s, Ohio, Ohio State University, and Ohio Northern Law School.

He is preceded in death by his sister: Robin Grieshop.

He is survived by his parents; Wife: Susan (Karacia) Howell of Greenville; Son: Clinton Howell of Cincinnati, Ohio; Daughter: Whitney Howell of Greenville; Brother: Randy Howell of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Sister: Wanda McCallister of Tipp City, Ohio.

Services will be held on Tuesday September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday September 14, 2009 at the funeral home. An Elks Lodge of Sorrow will be held on Monday at 9:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County.


  1. Greenville Township TrusteesSeptember 11, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Dick Howell was a good man He will be missed by those who worked with him, and those that worked for him. Our condolences go out to the Howell family. May he rest in peace.

  2. Sad loss for the entire community! May he find peace and comfort.

  3. My condolences to the family.

  4. When Dick was appointed by the party screening committee for Prosecuting Attorney, he had unanimous recomendations from the legal community. He was a good man.

  5. Sad news indeed, a very well respected man in the community, our prayers are with his family.

  6. Without question Dick Howell was the best public official in Darke County both professionally and as a person. My sympathy to Susan and all the family. He will truly be missed because Darke County lost one of the good guys today.
    Greg Fraley

  7. He was a dedicated public servant, but also a good friend and an absolutely trustworthy man. He will be greatly missed.

  8. An amazing man who fought until the end.. Rest in peace Dick.

  9. Dick Howell was Truly One of the Nice Guys!

  10. I remember growing up and being up at the Elks lodge for many events with my parents. Dick was always around and even though I was only single digits in age, he always had time to listen to us, joke with us or have fun with us.

    I remember in particular, a party at his house back in the 80's where Dick had an old computer and he set it up for the kids to play games on it. I would play a game for 15-20 minutes and then go get Dick to come and change the game for me. Despite being in conversations with other adults, he always stopped, came over and helped me and tried to teach me how to do it. I remember him with a big smile on his face, jokingly saying after the 4th or 5th time "I thought computers were supposed to make life easier?" :-) For some reason that always stuck with me, and I still use the line today while working on computers. I'll definitely miss him and I'd like to express my sympathy to Susan and the family. Rest in peace Dick.


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