Charles W. Howse
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Charles W. Howse
  • October 3, 1921 - July 15, 2017
  • Norfolk, Virginia

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Charles W. Howse, 95, passed away on July 15, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He was born on October 3, 1921 in Wesleyville, Newfoundland to the late Ethel and George Howse. He is preceded in death by his loving sweetheart of 73 years Elizabeth McKenzie Howse; and his siblings Annie, Stewart, Jessie, Ilena, and Ethel.
Charlie enlisted in the Navy in April 1942. During World War II, Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Charles Howse was a turret gunner assigned to Composite Squadron Ninety-Five, flying more than 200 combat missions in the war in Europe. In November 1942, during the invasion of North Africa, he had to bail out of his aircraft over enemy territory, walking all night to reach safety. Less than two years later, in June 1944, he was plucked from a rubber life raft after his plane crashed in the North Atlantic. He was awarded four Air Medals and one Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat tours during World War II, but he never received all the medals he earned. For all his combat missions, he earned a total of 23 Air Medals and 7 Distinguished Flying Crosses. With the help of John Warner's Office he was awarded his medals on January 6, 2005, when President of the United States of America approved the missing medals.
Mr. Howse was a distinguished member of the Sea Squatters Club, having come down at sea and used his rubber life raft, June 14, 1944 in the North Atlantic. A member of the Caterpillar Club who's life was spared the 10th day of November 1942 because of an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft.
Mr. Howse began his second career in 1966 as a Life Insurance Agent with Pilot Life Insurance Company obtaining his CLU during this time with 9 year Pacemaker Group also including Million Dollar round table. Charlie was a former Past Worthy Patron, Norview Chapter 131 of the OES, and received his 50 year pin from Norview Masonic Lodge #113.
He is survived by his son Steven Howse; daughters Janice Martin, Sandra White (Marvin), Joyce Jones (Patrick), Susan Falk (Eddie), and Judith Howse; Eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and brother George Howse and his wife Beatrice.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 6-8pm with Masonic Rites at 7pm at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 818 Norview Ave., Norfolk VA .
A Graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9am at Albert G. Horton Jr. Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd., Suffolk, VA. You may offer your condolences at www.smithandwilliamsnorfolk.com.