Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, from 6 -- 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Columbia, Mo. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Memorial Funeral Home of Columbia, Mo. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery of Columbia, Mo. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Howard was the son of Clyde and Cleo (Bryan) Pemberton, born on June 14, 1919. He graduated from Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Mo. in 1937.
On March 28, 1942, Howard was united in marriage to Virginia Lucille Cox. They were blessed with six children; Larry, William, Gary, Brenda, Carol and Cheryl. Howard faithfully served his country during World War II in the United States Army from April 1, 1942 until he was honorably discharged Nov. 25, 1945. During his service to his country, he received two Purple Hearts, and Oak Leaf Cluster, two Silver Stars and one Bronze Star. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the Battlefield in Metz, France on Jan. 19, 1945.
He worked for Riback Plumbing and Heating in Columbia, Mo. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing pool and southern cooking. Lucille passed away April, 2001 after 58 years of marriage. Howard wintered in Mission, Texas where he met Ardys Heinsohn. They were married June 29, 2002.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Glen; his first wife, Lucille; son-in-law, David Gysbers; and step-son, Larry Heinsohn.
Howard's life will always be honored and cherished by his family, including his wife, Ardys Pemberton, of Storm Lake; children, Larry (Kay Carol) of Dallas, Texas, William (Pat) of Osage Beach, Mo., Gary (Jeanie) of Spring, Texas, Brenda (Gene) Amend of Dallas, Texas; Carol (Bill) Shafer of Olathe, Kan. and Cheryl Gysbers of Harrisburg, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Nancy (Glenn) Surber of Kansas City, Mo., and Mary (Jeff) Timmer of Sioux Center; step-daughter-in-law, Marsha Heinsohn of Storm Lake; 11 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.
On-line condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.