Richard "Dick"'s Story
Ret. Salem Police Department, Sergeant Richard Howell, 75, passed away surrounded by family on February 21. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Levesque) Howell.
Dick honorably served his country in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic and also served in the U.S. Navy, stationed for a time in Key West.
Following his military service, he was appointed to the Fall River Police Dept., where he served for two years. He then transferred to the Salem Police Dept., where he retired as a Sergeant in June, 2003, with 32 years of service. He continued to work for eight more years with the Essex County Sheriff's Dept.
Mr. Howell was a lifelong resident of Salem, before fully retiring to North Fort Myers, Florida, with his wife. He enjoyed boating, watching sports, traveling, and living on the water. He was also an active member of many local organizations including the VFW, AOH, Knights of Columbus, AMVETS and more.
Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are five sons, Thomas, Richard and Todd Howell, all of Salem, Jeffrey Howell and his wife Jennifer of N.H., John Howell and his wife Gabriela of Ariz.; nine grandchildren; four stepchildren, Pam Ryan and her husband Jerry of Salem, Mark Lovely and his wife Courtney of N.H., Chris Lovely and his wife Amy of Reading, Salinas Zarling of Idaho; and nine step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Chester Humphrey and his wife Margaret of Fla., and their children. He was predeceased by his step-granddaughter Kyley.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published on February 26, 2018