February 16, 2012 at 8:49 a.m.
Howard Succo was born in Lindstrom, Minnesota on January 12, 1921, the middle of three children of Harry and Alice (Rochel) Succo. Howard grew up and worked on the family’s original 160 acre farm in Lindstrom raising work horses, Brown Swiss cattle, pigs, chickens, and one white rat. Howard hunted gophers and squirrels and trapped minks and muskrats for extra income.
In 1947 and again in 1948 Howard visited Seattle and met Lucille Greene, whom he married on February 26, 1949 at St. John Catholic Church in Seattle. Howard and Lucille made their home in Seattle until 1952 when they drove up the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where Howard entered the construction trade as a drywall taper. Howard and Lucille moved back to Seattle in 1955, having their first child Marcia in 1956, their son Ward in 1960, and their son Lance in 1962. Howard and Lucille moved to Stanwood in 1966, where they raised their children on a 30-acre cattle farm and lived for 37 years. Howard worked as a construction drywall taper for 30 years until retirement in 1983. After retirement, Howard drove truck during the summer for Twin City Foods for eight years until 1991. In 2003, Howard and Lucille moved to Warm Beach Senior Community Center.
Howard was well known for his quick wit, his love for his wife Lucille of 62 years, and his love for his children. Howard was known as a gentleman, living unselfishly, and always caring for the needs of others. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him. Howard died on February 10, 2012, at the age of 91.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Mary Elizabeth. Howard is survived by his sister Eleanor (Succo) Nelson of Danbury WI, his wife Lucille, and their three children and grandchildren: Marcia (Cam) Hershaw of Washougal, WA and grandchildren Eva, Brenda, and Reiner; Ward Succo of Alger, WA; and Lance (Donna) Succo of Onalaska, WA and grandchildren Ryan, Zachary, and Grace.
Mass of Christian Burial at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Stanwood Friday, February 17, at 11 a.m., with a reception following.
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