MANSFIELD – Howard B. Metcalfe, 86, of Mansfield, died Monday, February 9, 2009 at Triumph Hospital in Mansfield. Born February 6, 1923 in Harlan County, Kentucky, he was the son of Brutus and Nancy Belle (Lewis) Metcalfe.
A highly decorated war veteran, Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He entered the Marine Corps on July 4, 1942, trained at Parris Island, and served in WWII. After basic training he worked on mastering high speed Morse code. He later became a member of the 2nd Marine Raiders. After his tour of duty with the military, he returned home and attended the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in 1948. Howard then earned several Master’s Degrees from Miami University of Ohio in 1970. He retired as a teacher of languages and head librarian for Fairfield High School.
Howard enjoyed several projects such as Political Action Committee, United Way, Blood Bank, and friend of education. He was a long time resident of Hamilton, Ohio and moved to Mansfield in the last five years to be close to family. Howard was a member of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Fairfield. He was a very giving and benevolent man.
He is survived by two nieces, Judy King Snyder of Bellville, and Debbie Weisbrodt-Melko of Miamisburg; four nephews, Eric Snyder, Jim Melko, Charles King, and Bruce King; three great-nieces, Ariel King, Erica Melko, and Meredith Snyder; four great-nephews, Michael Melko, Lee Snyder, Bryan King, and Michael King; and sister, Faye Weisbrodt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Neil Weisbrodt; and sister, Frances King.
Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran’s Burial Detail will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2009 at Oak Grove Memorial Park conducted by Pastor Henry Parker. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, NJ 08543-3008