Howard L. Ream clung to the old rugged cross for 76 years until he exchanged it for a crown on March 15, 2022. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Friends may also call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, the funeral starting at 11 a.m. with Rev Stephen Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890 Amarillo, TX 79105 or www.calfarley.org/donate, or a charity of choice in his name.
Dad passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, in the woods of his farm that he loved and worked for the past 34 years. Howard was a dairy/beef farmer and master woodworker that built houses for over fifteen years. A Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother, and Friend, Howard is missed deeply by many.
Shortly after graduating from Cloverleaf High School in 1963 as President of the FFA and voted most likely to succeed, Howard married his High School sweetheart, Shirley. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on August 4, 2021. Dad succeeded in creating a legacy of family and service to the Lord. Six children, 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren mourn the loss of more time with him. The family finds peace knowing that when Christ called him home, he let out a shout of acclamation, and joy filled his heart.
Howard was born March 21, 1945 in Medina, Ohio to Kenneth V. and Ruth (Overholt) Ream. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Shirley; children Michele (Johnny) Workman, Kari Ream, Russ (Michelle) Ream, Rebecca (Doug) Eller, Jessica (Cedric) Beckles, and Clay (Bethany) Ream; grandchildren Brent (Amanda) Workman, Joey (Jamie) Workman, J.D. (Kendra) Workman, Ben Workman, Destiny Ream, Gabriella Ream, Ben Ream, Zach Ream, Jordan (Nataya) Ream, Emily (Logan) Hamre, Ruby (Ty) Francis, Renea (Chandler) Hill, Samuel (Ashlin) Eller, Kenneth (Heather Jacobs) Eller, Boston Beckles, Magnolia Ream, Ezekiel Ream; great-grandchildren Alice Rosemary Hill, Opal June Hill, Violet Ruth Hill, Aubrey Jenell Eller, Kolter Harvey Eller, Amara Workman, Silas Workman, Isaiah Workman Lucas, Evan, Braydon, Josiah; brother Norm K. (Linda) Ream; sister Laura (Bruce) Raber. Howard was preceded in death by his parents.