Thomas Howard

Thomas J. Howard

Monday, September 22nd, 1941 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Thomas J. Howard, 78, of Independence, MO passed away July 10, 2020. A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO. Tom was born September 22, 1941 in Kansas City, MO to Earl Tinsley and Mare Josephine (Rysavy) Howard. He worked 22 years at A&P until they went out of business. Tom taught himself to do the books for the store that he was working in. He served in the U.S. Army and was trained for Military Police duties, guarding the Stockade and transferring prisoners by train to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He made the status of sharp shooter, which he liked to tell about. Tom worked for Frito Lay in South Dakota. His territory covered from Sioux City, IA to the Bad Lands. When he had to run a route, he would find ways to save the company money, which reduced stale products, gaining him a reputation of being a good District Sales Manager. He returned to the Kansas City area where he and his dad built a house for his family. Tom worked for Tastee Bread for eleven years, working seventy hours a week. He hated picking up stale bread after holidays. Tom worked part time at Bleacher’s Bar and Grill in N. Kansas City as a cook. People would come in after church for his fabulous breakfast plates, and this is where he met his wife Debra. They were married in Las Vegas, NV on April 27, 1996 at Circus Circus. When he came back to Independence he told everyone that he got married and lost $500. Tom loved to fish, garden, and enjoy beautiful flowers. He was a good carpenter. He loved his dogs Buddy, Pepper, Muffy, Wendy, Marty and Maggie. They were his constant companions. Tom was a compassionate man who would help neighbors in need up until the time of his death. Tom loved that Mayor Ross of Blue Springs presented him with a pen for his hat. He wore it proudly to represent his pride of being a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Tom loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed going to Show Choir Events in Omaha to hear his wife’s nieces sing and dance. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Chuck Howard, Dorothy Jennings and Shirley Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Debra Boyer-Howard; daughter, Tracy Mannicia (Neil); son, Thomas Howard; and two grandchildren, Anthony and Ian Mannicia. Online condolences may be left for the family at (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel 816-252-7900)
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    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Carson-Speaks Chapel
    1501 W. Lexington Ave
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Debra Peerson

Posted at 03:03pm
Tom was my brother in law. He was a caring man with a huge heart. He loved people, family, his dogs and loved the Mavericks. He always started our conversations calling me a Pollock!! I still hear his booming voice and laugh.

Angie D

Posted at 09:12pm
My name is Angie and my mother's name is Aida about 3 years ago we met Tom and Deborah they both helped us a lot so much that I can't explain but very grateful Tom and Debra became very good friends we will miss him and love him always but I know he's in a good place in heaven not suffering and with his baby girl Wendy. I WILL NEVER FORGET ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US

Shawn Rooney

Posted at 03:28pm
I always enjoyed seeing you at the Mavericks games. You will truly be missed. Shawn & Jackie Rooney

Gayla Follett Posted at 03:27pm

Tom was a great neighbor , he always liked visiting and helping out where he could. Tom will be missed . RIP

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