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Rodney “Gus” L. Howarth

Funeral services and military honors celebrating the life of Rodney “Gus” L. Howarth, 84, of Harbor Hills, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, with Deacon Robert Ghiloni as celebrant. A celebratory gathering will follow at the family home.

Gus, a United States Air Force veteran, died at his home August 3, 2018. He was born in Newark, on September 13, 1933, to the late Charles “Zeke” and Lorna (Wivell) Howarth.

Gus, a 1951 graduate of Newark High School, attended Cornell University and Miami of Ohio for undergraduate studies and received his Law Degree from The Ohio State University. He worked as the assistant City Solicitor and was partner with Jones, Kibler, Jones Law Firm and was founding partner of the Jones, Norpell, List, Miller, Howarth Law Firm. Gus also taught several courses of real-estate law at OSU Newark.

He was a member of the Licking County and Ohio State Bar Associations, Score Meritor, Newark Rotary Club, Newark Catholic Athletic Association, and was a vestry member of Trinity Episcopal Church

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sarah Alicia “Sally” Howarth; his sons, Craig, Judson (Anne), Nathan (Angie), and Damon Howarth; five grandchildren, Hunter, Jack, Amy, Taylor, and Madeline; brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, Philip (Marjorie) Vogelmeier, Mary Anne (Vern) Johnston, and Jane Ellen (David) Whyde; cousins, Geneva, Delynn, Todd, and Lisa Poff; six nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 4-7 P.M. Friday, August 10, 2018.

The family requests memorials in Gus’ name be made to the Newark Catholic Athletic Association, Newark Catholic High School Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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