William L. Howie

Posted August 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm


July 26, 1936 – Aug. 13, 2012

William L. Howie, age 76, of River Falls, Wis., and formerly of Monticello, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at his home following a brief illness.

  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. William L. Howie was born July 26, 1936, in Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of Lynn and Antoinette Nordman, Howie. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1954. Bill served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961 and was stationed in Germany. William Howie and Sharon Ripperton were married Sept. 22, 1967, in Galena, Ill. Bill was employed at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory and later at Iowa Prison Industries. He retired in 1998. The couple moved to River Falls, Wis. in 1999. He worked part-time at Country Club in River Falls.

  Bill served on the Monticello Park Board for many years. He was active in all things baseball, playing with the town team Monticello Cubs, Little League, doing stats for high school baseball, PA announcer at games and organized baseball tournaments. He was an avid Detroit Tiger fan as well as the Lions, Pistons and Red Wings.

Surviving is his wife, Sharon, of River Falls; three children, Ann Marie (Dennis) Stedman, Maplewood, Minn., Ralph (Erinn) Robovsky, Vandnais Heights, Minn., and Robert Howie, River Falls, Wisc.; five grandchildren; his sister, Jean Marie Reiter, Cascade, brother-in-law, John Ripperton, and sister -in-law, Joyce (Jay) Oehlerich. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Larry (Pepper) Howie, a sister, Joan Howie Richards, his mother and father-in-law, Tim and Minta Ripperton, and brothers-in-law, Lonnie, Forrest and Chuck Ripperton.

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