Lynn Howe, 80


Lynn W. Howe, 80, of Brandon, S.D., died Aug. 13, 2017 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D.  Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Brandon Lutheran Cemetery in Brandon.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Dougherty Hospice House or to Therapy Dogs International.  Online condolences may be directed to Lynn’s family at

Lynn Wesley Howe was born Nov. 11, 1936 to Otto and Leona (Shields) Howe on the family farm on the north side of Golden Butte (five miles west of Bucyrus, N.D.).  His maternal grandmother was the midwife.  When Lynn was two years old, the family moved to the farm where he was raised.

Lynn graduated from Hettinger High School in 1954 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1959 from North Dakota State College.  Following college, he honorably served in the National Guard for a brief stint.  He then went on to work for the Department of Agriculture in Portland, Ore., Minneapolis, Minn., Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Calif.  He retired at age 56 and went into ranching in 1992 near the family farm.

Lynn was united in marriage to Gayle Gomer on Sept. 7, 1997.  They remained in Hettinger, until making their home in Brandon in 2002.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Gayle, Brandon; step-daughters, Deborah Bourne and her husband, Gordon, Canton, S.D., DeVonna Murrin and her husband, John, Long Beach, Calif. and Barbara Sperlich and her husband, Mark, Brandon; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Don Howe and Dorwin Howe and his wife, Isabelle, Hettinger, Norman Howe and his wife, Betty, Spearfish, S.D. and Arlo Howe and his wife, Erkle, Bismarck; and two sisters, Joyce Blake, Seattle, Wash. and Kay McCarthy and her husband, Don, Sitka, Ala.

Lynn was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Maxine Tait, West Linn, Ore.; infant brother, Alfred Omi Howe; and two step-daughters, Stephanie (Quail) Gray and Darla Quail.