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“May you rest in Peace Sir. Slow Hand Salute for your service to Our Country. To the howard Family; Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
1 of 75 | Posted by: Harley Fender USN-Ret.

“I was blessed also to have grown up and attend Spring Hill Baptist church with Ronnie, Randy and Pat. Something very good was also sewn into my heart...Read More »
2 of 75 | Posted by: Tammie Ingle

“Praying for your family at this difficult time. Ron was a good person and will be missed. ”
3 of 75 | Posted by: Fred and Joy Brown

“Ron was a treasured friend and neighbor, fellow warrior, and good man. He will be sorely missed. To Mary and all the Howard family, please know that...Read More »
4 of 75 | Posted by: Christine and John Elnitsky

“Ron was a great neighbor and friend and will be missed by so many. Our condolences and prayers for peace go out to Mary and all of the Howard...Read More »
5 of 75 | Posted by: Paul and Carolyn Silas

“Praying for all of Ron's family & friends!! May our Heavenly Father comfort each of you as only He can!! 11 ”
6 of 75 | Posted by: Anne K Riddle

“Ron was a man I knew and loved dearly. He was a catalyst in some of the most important times in my life and I will forever be grateful for his...Read More »
7 of 75 | Posted by: Monique Nicolai

“Words cannot express the deep pain caused by the loss of a loved one, but I hope it helps to know that others are thinking of your family in this...Read More »
8 of 75 | Posted by: Talley family

“My prayers are with your family for God's comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely, John C. Plemmons, Jr. ”
9 of 75 | Posted by: Travis Tatham

“Ron was a great man and I have enjoyed working at IOMAX because of the culture he instilled in us all. We feel like we have lost a close member of...Read More »
10 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Tacher

“My prayers go out for you all that God will give you strength and comfort. ”
11 of 75 | Posted by: Donna Carter Souder

“So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Just have to remember our days are numbered and he took advantage of all his days. A life well lived. An example...Read More »
12 of 75 | Posted by: Gary & Anne Strickland

“Words cannot express how sorry i feel about this tragic event that have touched Howard familyloss is huge, and i can imagine the hurt they feel.A man...Read More »
13 of 75 | Posted by: Ahmed Salem (Motor) - Mooresville, NC

“His wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. ”
14 of 75 | Posted by: Carlos & Brita Gates

“So sorry for your great loss ”
15 of 75 | Posted by: Jackie Ward & Lee Davis

“From the Florida Halley Family I would like to extend our deepest condolences to all of Ron's family. He was a very special person and will be dearly...Read More »
16 of 75 | Posted by: Cindy Holden - Panama City, FL

“One of the most amazing men I have known. just being around Ron was enough to make a man want to try harder to do more and be a better person. He was...Read More »
17 of 75 | Posted by: Jerry Guffey

“May God bless you and your family. ”
18 of 75 | Posted by: Jerry Mullins Patriot guard rider

“An amazing Christian man. Take comfort in the great memories and legacy Ron left behind on this earth, and that we will all be together again in our...Read More »
19 of 75 | Posted by: Lucille Maugeri Simonetti

“A true Christian warrior who led many to Christ and served our King with distinction. Well done brother! Looking forward to serving with you again. ”
20 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Guillot

“A true Christian warrior who lead many to Christ and served our King with distinction. Well done brother! Looking forward to serving with you again. ”
21 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Guillot

“One of the kindest, best souls I ever knew. Hard to realize he's gone on ”
22 of 75 | Posted by: Grover Cable

“A good man and neighbor, we will miss him. Mary we will be praying for you and the family. Just call if you need anything. ”
23 of 75 | Posted by: Jerome and Ellen Johnson

“I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I send sincere condolences to the Howard family. ”
24 of 75 | Posted by: Shirley Smith Cutshaw

“Pat and the whole Howard family, So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I did not know him, just some of the family. All of you are in my thoughts and...Read More »
25 of 75 | Posted by: Irene Howell Anderson

“Met Mr. Howard a couple times. Super nice even to people he didn't know . Keith fedex ground driver. ”
26 of 75 | Posted by: Keith Hames

“Sincere condolences to the Howard Family. May God ease the pain of your loss. I imagine he is landing his plane on an airstrip paved in gold in...Read More »
27 of 75 | Posted by: Dave Cope

“CWO5 Ron Howard was my chief pilot and commander of the US Army Europe Command aviation section. He always set the proficiency and safety standard...Read More »
28 of 75 | Posted by: General(R) William W. Crouch

“God has a mighty warrior in his Angel's Batallion. I am so blessed to have had the Howard clan as part of my Army family. Jennifer, KC, and Katie I...Read More »
29 of 75 | Posted by: Becky Snyder

“Many prayers and much love to Mary and the rest of Ron's family ”
30 of 75 | Posted by: Karen & Bobby Bost

“Ron was a great friend and my role model of how to be a better person and take care of the other people and your family. One day we will fly together...Read More »
31 of 75 | Posted by: Jukka Norri

“The world will not be the same without the likes of this dynamic man. I had no closer confident and friend than "Ronbo"...Read More »
32 of 75 | Posted by: David Mari - Palm City, FL

“What an Awesome man! I feel Almighty God directed Ron's path throughout life in the scripture: Matthew 6: 33. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God,...Read More »
33 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Joseph Lawrence, Jr.

“KC, I met your Dad once, but i understand the bond between you. I grieve for you loss and know that God has a plan for us all. We don't get the...Read More »
34 of 75 | Posted by: Adam Crilly

“We send our deepest condolences to Mary, Jean, Pat, Randy and Ron's entire family. Ron was one of the most generous, thoughtful, loving and gracious...Read More »
35 of 75 | Posted by: Charles and Doris Howard Pless

“Ron will live forever in our hearts and memories ”
36 of 75 | Posted by: Vernon Kuykendall

“I was always impressed at all you did and thank you for what you did.Hope to meet again in a better place. Prayers for all the family. ”
37 of 75 | Posted by: Billy Johnson

“My precious Katie and family. Your daddy was a true hero and a great man. His legacy will live on through those that he loved so dear. There are no...Read More »
38 of 75 | Posted by: Marta Shore

“Pat, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, you and your family will be in our prayers. Danny C. jones and family. ”
39 of 75 | Posted by: Danny C. Jones

“Way too soon. I'm so sorry. Ron will be missed by everyone in the family. Know there are a lot of friends who will miss and remember for a long time...Read More »
40 of 75 | Posted by: Doug Lynch

“Jean, Pat, Randy and all of the Howard families, So sad to hear about Ron passing. Way too young for one of the Henson Cove gang to leave his wife,...Read More »
41 of 75 | Posted by: Kathey Reed Blazer

“Dear John and Katie, These letters are never easy to write, but you need to know that your friends and loved ones are thinking of you. I am saddened...Read More »
42 of 75 | Posted by: Laurence Pagan

“You will be missed my friend. ”
43 of 75 | Posted by: Ken Bernier

“The Lord blessed him on this earth as a man of valor. May the Lord continue to bless his family and IOMAX in their loss. May those that "know"...Read More »
44 of 75 | Posted by: David G Ray

“Our sincere condolences go out to the Howard family and the IOMAX family. ”
45 of 75 | Posted by: Celia and Gary Hollifield

“We regret the loss of your strong leader. Our condolences go out to the Howard family and the entire IOMAX FAMILY. We will keep you all in our...Read More »
46 of 75 | Posted by: Joe Tate/Manager

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ron was a kind and thoughtful man who served with my brother, and visited my sick mother many years...Read More »
47 of 75 | Posted by: Diana Owens Pendleton

“We are sending our sincerest condolences to KC, Katie and the entire Howard family. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. ”
48 of 75 | Posted by: Larry Dudzik

“I'm doing my best to get there and pay my respects in person. All my love to Ron's family and the IOMAX FAMILY as well. ”
49 of 75 | Posted by: Rowdy Sewell

“To the Howard family, please accept our sincere condolences. We have lost a good husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend - but we will have...Read More »
50 of 75 | Posted by: Doris and Al Weiler

“Thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Mr. Howard during this difficult time. While I only got to meet...Read More »
51 of 75 | Posted by: Michael Frazier

“Ron was a warrior, a patriot, and a true American hero. A quiet leader who led by example, he flew under the most challenging circumstances on...Read More »
52 of 75 | Posted by: John Dailey

“Ron was a warrior, a great father, and a dear friend. He is directly responsible for leading me to Christ in 1989 with many long discussions on his...Read More »
53 of 75 | Posted by: Tom Wiese

“Extremely sorry for your loss. ”
54 of 75 | Posted by: Michael O. Kyle

“I am so sorry for your loss! ”
55 of 75 | Posted by: Deborah Abernathy Roberson

“My condolences to all of the Howard family and to his extend family.NSNQ ”
56 of 75 | Posted by: David Strotheide

“My deepest sympathy for the Howard family. Much love from the Tobey family. ”
57 of 75 | Posted by: Debbie Bill and Mattie Tobey

“Ron was a figurehead that many wanted to follow in his footsteps. He was a man of great honor and dedication, He took many of us into his family and...Read More »
58 of 75 | Posted by: Dayle Disharoon

“Sehr traurig in Heidelberg, Germany, I expected to see Ron and Mary in July, he was making plans to come back and visit, Ron was wonderful, he helped...Read More »
59 of 75 | Posted by: Dorothee Medrow

“Ron was a great American, Soldier, Aviator and family man. He was a dedicated Nightstalker who will be sorely missed by all who knew and served with...Read More »
60 of 75 | Posted by: Mike Ryan

“The entire staff at Uniglobe Travel Partners sends our deepest sympathy to the Howard family during this difficult time.May God give you HIS peace...Read More »
61 of 75 | Posted by: Mitchell Hicks - Newnan, GA

“It is with much sadness that we bid farewell to an old friend from many years ago. The memories of what a fine man you were have never lessened over...Read More »
62 of 75 | Posted by: Robert Cox - Ozark, AL

“Ron it was a joy and a blessing to see you last month at Kevin's service. It's been a long time since the 2nd ACR. May you Rest In Peace and we'll...Read More »
63 of 75 | Posted by: Ken Donahue

“Ron was the ultimate "Nightstalker"--fun loving, industrious, great aviator. A friend to everyone he met -- he will be sorely missed. NSDQ !Mike Ryan ”
64 of 75 | Posted by: Mike Ryan - Valrico, FL

“My heart is broke over Ron's passing. May the lord bless you and help you with your grief. ”
65 of 75 | Posted by: Sheri Dixon-Henson

“My deepest sympathy to all of the Howard family. ”
66 of 75 | Posted by: Juanta Dixon

“Never will forget, what a wonderful man and friend. my deepest sympathies are with the entire Howard family. Go rest high on that mountain Ron!Rick...Read More »
67 of 75 | Posted by: Rick Brookshire

“Our deepest sympathies to the Howard family. An old friend gone too soon. ”
68 of 75 | Posted by: Dean & Lisa Free

“Our prayers for Ron's family during this most difficult time. May Gid's peace that passes all understanding be with you. <br /...Read More »
69 of 75 | Posted by: Deborah & Michael Harvey - TN

“Rest Easy Brother.Never Forgotten..NSDQ! ”
70 of 75 | Posted by: Art Reynolds

“Praying for the family of Ron. Ron will be greatly missed. He was the most caring and giving, thoughtful person I have met. I feel so blessed to have...Read More »
71 of 75 | Posted by: Debra Peterson - Terrell, NC

“What an unexpected loss, but what a wonderful Heavenly entry! No words can comfort any of you at this time, but put your trust in our all knowing...Read More »
72 of 75 | Posted by: Connie Chambers Allen

“This is so sad and surprising. Ron was a nice, hard-working man and a great Patriot. ”
73 of 75 | Posted by: Ed Marek - IL - Coworker

“Praying for family, friends & all who love him. ”
74 of 75 | Posted by: Ruth Howell Davis

“My prayers goes out to the family of Ron. He was a good friend and a great man that will surely be missed by everyone in the Canton community. ...Read More »
75 of 75 | Posted by: Ed Bonham - Summerville, SC


Denver, NC – Ronald Eugene "Ron" Howard, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 12, 2017 while attending a business meeting in Washington, D.C. A resident of Denver, North Carolina, he was a son of Jean Miller Howard and the late Kelly Eugene Howard. Ron was a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He was a native of Haywood County and loved his Western North Carolina mountains. Ron graduated from Pisgah High School in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Austin Peay University. He attended and was committed to the local and international mission outreach at The Cove Church. He also remained passionately faithful to Spring Hill Baptist church where his faith and trust in God developed as a young child. From an early age, Ron knew he was sent to this earth to help and care for others. He spent a career serving and protecting the great country he loved so deeply. His military service spanned thirty-one years in the United States Army retiring at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5. He served in various positions/units ranging from an Airborne Infantryman in Vietnam, US Army Air Calvary defending the West German border during the cold war, US Army Special Operations, Aviation Advisor to the American Ambassador in Beirut, Lebanon and Special Projects Officer/Chief Pilot for the Commander US Army Europe. As a member of the US Army 160th Special Operations Regiment, Ron served as a Company level Platoon Leader, Operations Officer and Flight Lead. He also served on the Regimental Staff responsible for creating and supervising significant portions of the Green Platoon Flight Training program and as the Aviation Liaison Officer with a Tier I organization. As a senior Army officer, he served on the Staff of the Commanding General US Army Europe. Ron was responsible for all air operations while also serving as the Commanding General's UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. During the initial implementation phases of the Dayton Peace Accords, Ron established and managed the Commanding IFOR aviation support in the Balkan Theater. From August 1998 until his military retirement, Ron supported the National Assessment Group (NAG) as Project Manager. He was responsible for managing all Special Projects relating to Special Operations Forces and briefed these projects directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Ron woke up every day doing what he loved and knew to be right, working tirelessly and unselfishly for God, his family and his country. Ron founded IOMAX USA, Inc. with his son, KC Howard in 2001. The company is located in Mooresville, North Carolina, and was founded to provide operational support, technology insertions and development for the Department of Defense, Special Operations Forces and other government agencies. In 2008, Ron transitioned IOMAX USA, Inc. into aviation by managing the development of a new air-to-ground weapon system. In 2009, he started discussions with a key U.S. ally and entered into a series of contracts to design, produce and deliver state of the art border patrol aircraft currently assisting in the fight against Global Terrorism. From 2009 until 2017, IOMAX USA grew from a company of 30 to over 200 employees. He built the IOMAX team following the principles of Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, and Accountability with a mission to provide capabilities to the warfighters to prevail in the fight against evil using the Archangel border patrol aircraft. IOMAX USA, Inc. will proudly continue this legacy. Ron Howard's heart was filled with love for his family. In addition to his mother, Ron is survived by his wife, Mary Battista Howard; two daughters, Jennifer Howard Lee and husband, Brian, of Sherills Ford, and Katherine James and husband, John, of Iron Station; one son, Kelly Cole (KC) Howard and wife, Katie, of Mooresville; one sister, Patricia Howard Caldwell and husband, Robert, of Canton; one brother, Randy Lee Howard and wife, Diane, of Conover; and eight grandchildren; Kelli Lee, Christopher Lee, Madison Howard, Ryan Howard, Kyle Howard, Adelyn James, Haley Lee and Miller James. Few men have had as much of an impact on this world as Ron Howard. His generosity, humility, and values inspired all who knew him. He lived by the scripture found in Luke 12:48. "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12:48, The Holy Bible, New International Version). Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Charles M. Beall Auditorium at Haywood County Community College with the Reverend Mike Madding and Reverend Chad Sloan officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the auditorium lobby. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Jean Howard and Linda Battista.

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