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Michael "Mike" Howell '79 January 18, 2019 3:44 PM updated: January 18, 2019 3:46 PM

Laughlin Service obituary
2320 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35805
Phone: 256-534-2471
Fax: 256-534-2473

Ret. Col. Michael Howell
November 26, 1946 - January 16, 2019

Retired Colonel Michael I Howell passed away at home early Wednesday, morning, January 16th. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Deborah L. Howell; his daughters, Heather E. (Howell) Nemirow and Laurel L. Howell, both of Arlington, Virginia; his son, Jaime S. McMillan; his sister, Patricia Robichaux; as well as his beloved grandchildren, Devin and Owen Nemirow.

Michael was born in Camden, AK, November 26th, 1946. He attended LSU and the University of Houston for his undergraduate where he was a member of ACACIA and then achieved his masters at Texas A&M. He joined the Army in 1971 and was subsequently stationed in Ft. Hood, Germany, Ft. Bliss, the Pentagon, and Redstone Arsenal during his military service. He was a graduate of the US Army War College in 1984. During his service in the United States Army he received the Legion of merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal (2) and Army Commendation Medal (3). After his retirement he was employed in the defense industry as a contractor at Colsa, Northrup Grumman, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Michael was an avid reader, traveler, golfer, and epicurean. He was actively involved with the Huntsville AUSA, AUVSI, National Space Club and a graduate of the Madison County Leadership program (Class 19).

A memorial service will be held at Laughlin Service Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21, 2019, at 11:00 am, with visitation starting at 10:00 am, followed by an interment at Maple Hill Ceremony. Following the interment at 1pm a gathering will be held for family and friends. Remembrances may be made to the Greater Huntsville Humane Society at

Service Schedule

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ,Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Laughlin Service Funeral Home
2320 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville, AL 35805

Funeral Service
11:00 AM ,Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel
2320 Bob Wallace Ave. Huntsville, AL 35805

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