Robert Michael Mike Howley

  • Born: July 5, 1945
  • Died: October 18, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Michael "Mike" Howley, 74, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Friday, October 18, 2019.

Mike was born July 5, 1945 in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of James Francis and Eleanor Marie (Goshorn) Howley. He grew up in Wheeling, WV and attended Wheeling Catholic Central through his junior year and was a 1963 graduate of Marist High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mike received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Mike served his country in the U.S. Air Force for over 12 years from 1970-1983, and was transferred as a Captain to the Reserves. He was a civilian employee of the Defense Logistics Agency at the Federal Center in Battle Creek working logistics systems and programs from 1984 until retiring in 2005.

Mike was formerly married for 33 years to Dolores Jean (Singer) Howley, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Alana (Benjamin) Levy of Cincinnati, OH; three sons, James (Kathleen) Howley of Los Angeles, CA, Robert Howley of New York, NY, Patrick (Lyssa) Howley of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, Gabriel Levy, Aaron Howley, Jessica Goodroe, Emily Davies-Miller, Spencer Davies, Julia Howley; one great-granddaughter, Amelita Goodroe; one brother, Donald (Pat) Howley of Pittsburgh, PA; and his companion of over 15 years, Kelly Myers. Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for many years where he earned his Wood Badge beads and received the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow.

Friends will be received 6:00-8:00 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew Raczkowski at St. Joseph Catholic Church 9:00 am Friday, October 25, 2019. Military Honors and a committal service will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to the VA Medical Center for Veteran's personal care items. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at


Condolence & Memory Journal

To Mike's wife Pat and I extend our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. I knew Mike growing up in Wheeling as his Uncle Bill Howley was a family friend. Mike and I got to know each other more when we were in the band together at Wheeling Central HS. I believe Delores's father and my father were also first cousins. Mike was certainly a nice guy and I am sure he will be missed. Pat & Chuck Gruber, Bridgeport, WV

Posted by Chuck Gruber - BRIDGEPORT, WV - Friend   October 24, 2019

Even though, I do regret not starting Boy Scouts earlier than Eighth Grade and have and/or had every single merit badge, I have learned to set goals and push it to the limits by trying new things even if I can't try and/or do them in and/or around where I live and my area. Scouts does teach things that you won't learn in any schools' extra-curriculars whether it's K-12, College, and University even though there aren't always enough extra-curriculars all the time. Starting Scouts and making Eagle earlier and having every single merit badge would of had helped me enjoy High School way highly better. In the Troop it has helped my by getting employment in other towns even if it's not in where I live like 25 miles is as far as I will go every day like Battle Creek to either Kalamazoo or Albion everyday.

Posted by Kyle Korten - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   October 22, 2019

Condolences to the family. Although we didn't know Mike long, he was a great neighbor who cared deeply for his friend Kelly. You will be missed.

Posted by Ron & Erin Lopez - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   October 22, 2019

Please accept our condolences. Mr. Howley was an inspiration to the scouts of Troop 322. We are very sorry for your loss. The Carll Family (Gary, Peg, Steven and Stephanie)

Posted by margaret carll - FAYETTEVILLE, PA   October 22, 2019

Mr. Howley was a Scout Leader with Troop 322. He taught my brother and I Communications merit badge and conducted my Eagle Scout Master conference. He often shared his experiences with the scouts and the leaders. He was an active volunteer for scouts throughout the council. He was a good man who loved his family. My family offers our condolences to James, Mrs. Howley, and the rest of his family.

In Scouting
Curt Korten and Kyle Korten

Posted by Curt Korten - MARSHALL, MI   October 21, 2019