Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 30, 2014

Donald L. "Donnie" Howard, 75

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

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Donald L. "Donnie" Howard, 75, Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Morning Breeze, Greensburg.

Born Dec. 1, 1938, in Greensburg, he was the son of Loyd and Sally (Craig) Howard.

Donnie worked at Levenstein's Carpets as a carpet estimator. The U.S. Air Force veteran was a member of the Greensburg Country Club, Optimist Club, American Legion and First Christian Church, and was a past deacon of the First Baptist Church. Donnie enjoyed playing cards with his card group and playing golf.

He was married to Jane Ellen Smyser Sept. 26, 1965, and she survives.

He is also survived by two daughters: Melissa (Gary) Jerkins, Snellville, Ga.,and Meredith Mills, Indianapolis; one brother: Ronnie (Patty) Howard, Greensburg; and four grandchildren: Mikaela Thurman, Sydney Jerkins, Peytan and Oakley Mills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Thomas Howard; and two sisters: Mayme Welch and Betty Jo Shafer.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 31, from 4-7 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg. Funeral services will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, with the Rev. Danny Wolford officiating. Interment will be in South Park Cemetery, Greensburg. Memorials may be directed to Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at