Wendell Howard

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Wendell Howard passed away Friday, March 15, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 80 years at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, followed by a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock, Texas.

Wendell Howard was born April 6, 1938, to Margie and Howell Howard.  Wendell went to school in Lubbock for grades 1-6 and moved to Abernathy for grades 7-12.  He attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1961.

Wendell married the love of his life, Eileen “Sandy”, on March 14, 1986.

Wendell is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughter Phyllis Wilson and husband Danny; son Keith Howard, and daughter, Dana Tabor; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson as well as many friends and customers.  Wendell was preceded in death by his parent and his sister Wanza Brewer.

Wendell served the domestic as well as the international seed industry for approximately 60 years.  Wendell exemplified the kind of involvement that comes from a love of this industry and the people who make it work.  Wendell knew “seed people” around the globe and nourished and cherished his relationships with all.  His ready smile and thought-provoking questions will be missed as much as his skill and prowess at being able to find a load of seed that you needed but could not locate.  No one enjoyed “a trade” more than Wendell Howard.  It was obvious to everyone that Wendell enjoyed what he did, it was part of him, and he had so much fun doing his job, that it never occurred to most of us that Wendell was laboring, though it was always clear he was very good at his profession.  He started his seed career with R. C. Young Seed Co. in 1960, and from 1990-2010 with Richardson Seed, Inc., and from 2010-present at Warner Seed, Inc., all here in Lubbock.  During his career, he has held a number of volunteer leadership positions with the industry including serving as President of the Texas Seed Trade Association, The Southern Seed Association, and, The Western Seed Association.   In June of 2018, Wendell was awarded American Seed Trade Associations ”Honorary Lifetime Membership”.  Upon receipt, Wendell stated, “I truly love the folks in the seed industry—they are the best in the world”.  In January 2019 Wendell was awarded the “SSA Lifetime Achievement Award” by the membership of the Southern Seedsmen Association.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Wendell Howard would appreciate any contributions to be given to the charity of your choice for prostate cancer and or MS (multiple sclerosis) in his memory.


16 thoughts on “Wendell Howard”

  1. Fred & Kris Wilson

    Wendell and his daughter, Phyllis, made scrumptious Thanksgiving dressings never to be topped! Memories of Wendell’s kind and congenial personality, along with his dressing, are treasured memories.

  2. Wendell my Cousin In Law, taught me about Texas famous barbecue and of course Texas it like a country instead of a state. He’s Texas large heart, hug and laughter,always to be remembered.

  3. Wendell was one of the first folks I met in the seed industry. He was always quick with a story and a smile. Glad to have been able to call him friend. Rest in Peace!

  4. Nathan and Carolyn Boardman

    Wendell fostered more buying and selling of more kinds of seed than any one I know. He knew who had it and who needed it. His friendship, diversified service and always a story will be missed by many in the domestic and international seed industry.
    Our heart felt condolence to Sandy and families. May God bless you.

  5. As a new Texas A&M Extension employee in Lubbock and the High Plains in early 1999, I first met Wendell at the Texas Seed Trade Association research conference in Dallas a few weeks after I started. He was one of many individuals that made my transition to working in the High Plains a lot easier. We talked on the phone frequently over the years, he helped me learn a lot when I had questions when I was new here, he helped provide seed when I needed it for trials, etc. Thanks a bunch, Wendell! I will miss having you as a colleague!

    Calvin Trostle

  6. Sandy, my heart breaks with yours and I am remembering you in my prayers. Wendell cared as much about people as he did about trading seed, and he LOVED trading seed! He had high expectations, and drew the best out everyone he came in contact with. You could always ‘hear’ the smile on his face and I will never forget his infectious laugh as he told stories – especially those he told on himself! I will miss you friend, but am glad to know I’ll see you again – save some seats at that banquet table for all of us, your ‘Seedy’ friends!!!

    ~ Risa DeMasi

  7. Dear Sandy & Family,
    May Gods Richest Blessings be with YOU and know that Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.”
    Wendell certainly was one of His Saints. I am so thankful to have know Wendell especially through the Seed Industry as there are many great memories. He never met a
    stranger and would always have an encouraging word and a joyful laugh to highlight the visit. May you have strength in your great memories with Wendell as he surely
    care for You and the children. May God’s richest blessings be yours and knowing you will see him again in heaven.

    Virgie Bryant

  8. Tommy and Sue McDonald

    Wendell and Sandy
    I am so sorry for your lost, Wendell was a very good friend. I worked for him for 4 1/2 years. He was a great boss. He will be missed by many. I will never forget him. Always smiling and shaking my hand say hello Tommy ready to make a run for me. I would tell him ready or not let’s get this done. Will miss carring your Christmas Tree to your house so Sandy could decorate it. Then you would call and say time to take it down and put it up till next year. I will miss our talks. And most of all I will miss my friend. God bless you and God bless Sandy and your family. Tommy McDonald.

  9. Max and Deborah Reed

    Sandy and Family,
    Sending you our Love and Prayers during this hard time. I enjoyed our work years together and he was a very good friend.
    Our heart felt condolences. May God bless you.

    Max and Deb Reed

  10. Sandy and family,

    I met Wendell when he began his journey with cancer. Talk about an inspiring man! I always looked forward to seeing him again and hearing him talk about you, Sandy, and his family! Sandy, you really were the love of his life! I consider it a blessing to have known Wendell! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Terri Cannon

  11. Dear Sandy, family and friends at Warner Seed,
    We hold you all in our prayers as we all morn the loss of our friend. We are happy that Wendell is pain and worry free in heaven, and look forward to seeing him again when the time is right. We carry fond memories of him, and pass along life lessons from Wendell we have learned for the rest of our days. His was a life well lived, and we all strive to follow his example of positive attitude, infectious laughter, and easy friendships. Our only regret is that we didn’t make it to Texas to visit before he made his trip to heaven.

    Hugs and prayers for peace, Rob & Mindy Duerst

  12. Sandy and family,

    Agassiz Seed has done business with Wendell for the past 20 years or so and that has been a great experience. More importantly several of us have been able to get to know Wendell over those years, Wendell’s story telling and caring personality are what will be remembered by all of us and what we will miss the most. It’s comforting to think of Wendell watching over us and helping us find that load of seed he knows is out there that will help us finish the season.
    Sandy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Wendell, rest in peace.
    Kim Alberty and all of us at Agassiz Seed.

  13. Wayne Carpenter

    Wendell Howard is responsible for my entry into the seed business as a farmer seed dealer for Surgro Seed (R. C. Young Seed Company) in the mid seventies. Later Wendell encouraged me to become a DSM for the company representing the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. Wendell was a true leader offering sound advice to me in all areas of marketing and selling seed. My condolences to his Family. I will miss him greatly!

  14. Eileen and family, sending prayers and condolences for your loss. Wendell was so blessed to have family and a job that he loved so much. He never seemed to meet a stranger; he was such a friendly, caring man. He will certainly be missed. Thank you for sharing all those special photo memories of Wendell’s life and the people he cared for. I know God has welcomed his faithful servant home!

  15. Sandy –

    John and I were so sad to hear of Wendell’s passing. We have such fond memories of him and you together at all the Southern Seed Assoc. gatherings. He always had a true smile for everyone he met and that twinkle in his eye made you feel at ease. What a great man! You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers these coming days, weeks, and year. God Bless you all! John and Tami Hodges ~ Yuma AZ

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