Ernest John "Ernie" Howard

  • Born: November 11, 1931
  • Died: April 3, 2020
  • 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

Ernest John Howard, 88 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Friday, April 3, 2020 at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility from complications of diabetes, with his wife at his side.

Ernie was born November 11, 1931 in Lansing, Michigan, the only child of Ernest and Frances Myrtle (Briggs) Howard. He was raised in Battle Creek and was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Ernie attended the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was employed as a Mortgage and Loan Officer beginning with People's Savings & Loan in Battle Creek, later serving as an officer in other Savings & Loans in Michigan and Minnesota before returning to Battle Creek. He owned Dawn Donuts in Urbandale for a short while before joining Michigan National Bank as a Mortgage and Loan Officer as well as Real Estate Appraiser. After retiring from MNB in 1987, Ernie used his skills to open his own business, Howard's Appraisal Service, with his wife Dorothy.

Ernest J. Howard was united in marriage to Dorothy Jane Aitken on January 14, 1951 at First United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, the same church where his parents were married in 1928. Ernie knew Dorothy from 7th grade on, fell in love with her after graduation, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; three children, David B. Howard, Pastor Michael A. (Linda V.) Howard of Battle Creek, Ann (Rick) Thorpe of The Villages, Fla, and daughter-in-law Brenda K. Howard; nine grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Howard, Daniel (Christine) Howard, Michelle (Matthew) Lake, Melinda Howard, Stefanie Howard, Kevin Howard, Greg Thorpe, Dawn (John) Dye, and Rick (Jenny) Thorpe; and 24 great-grandchildren. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and two great-grandchildren.

Ernie was a member of Battle Creek Evangelical Friends Church, the Board of Realtors, the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, and the Rental Property Owners Association. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, working in his garden, listening to Ernie Harwell announce for the Detroit Tigers, and following U of M sports. For many years they had season tickets to UofM football games. For Ernie and Dorothy's 50th wedding anniversary, their family donated a commemorative brick with their names on it to the UofM Alumni Entrance. Ernie always had a dog (or two) that needed walking and spoiling. He also enjoyed family camping, wintering in Lakeland, Florida, eating out, and playing cards with his buddies, who dubbed themselves "The Harper Creek PTA". Ernie and Dorothy traveled to his father's birthplace in England and met cousins for the first time. They were still in England when Princess Diana's tragic death occurred. Also memorable were their cruises to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, and the Caribbean. During his 5 years at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility, he enjoyed being Resident Council President, playing Bingo, and attending the many activities offered, all while confined to a wheelchair. He was loved and admired by all the residents and staff for his big smile and can-do attitude.

Ernie had a vast knowledge of many things, and was a lifelong learner, historian, and storyteller. Ernie will always be remembered as "Honest Ern", a lovable gentleman with a gift for intelligent conversation.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, a service will be held later when it is safe for Ernie's family and friends to be together and celebrate Ernie's life.
Memorial contributions for Ernie Howard may be made to CityLinC Ministries, 70 Calhoun Street, Battle Creek, MI, 49017. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mike, Linda and family, we are so sorry about the loss of your father. May God strengthen you and give you His perfect will be in our prayers

Posted by Carol Vitti - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   April 07, 2020

I worked with Ernie in Mortgage Loan Documentation Department at Mich Natl Bank and later as independent mortgage originator, after he opened his own appraisal business and passed the baton to David. Ernie always got right on appraisal requests, could count on him to get the job done. Nice man; have good memories of him.

Posted by Roberta Wetherill-Zull - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   April 06, 2020

I worked with Ernie all during his years at Michigan National Bank. He took his job seriously, took conservative approach to protect buyers and Bank, worked diligently to meet all those mortgage loan closing deadlines. I remember him fondly!

Posted by Janet Wetherill - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   April 06, 2020

Mrs. Howard, David, Mike and the rest of the family. I am truly sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. My heart goes out to you all.
May you Rest In Heaven Mr. Howard.

Posted by Verna (Lindsay) Meneguzzo - Marshall, MI   April 06, 2020

To Mrs. Howard and family
I remember Mr. "Ernie" Howard from my days at Michigan National Bank. He was a delightful person and always had a story or some knowledge to pass on. I did get to visit with both of you at the Heritage, when my Mother and Step-Father (June and Eric Eisen) were living there, and enjoyed my visits with him when I came to lunch. I'm sure he enjoyed being the chairman at Calhoun Co. My prayers are with you and your family, RIP Ernie, GOD Bless You and your family

Posted by Pat Kronlein - The Villages, FL - Coworker   April 05, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dave and MaryEllen Jackson - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   April 05, 2020