July 19, 1946 - October 20, 2023
In Loving Memory
Howard Koons took his final motorbike ride in the bright sunshine on October 20th, 2023 at the age of 77 down a winding Okanagan road surrounded by the fall colours. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Heather, and his three daughters, Kim, Kyla (Darren) and Kristi (Dwight), his grandchildren, Cordell (Caitlynn), Nathan (Olivia), Keeley, Hannah (Joel), Marley, Dalin, Megan, Paxton, Dylan, Georgia, Jasper, Garnet and great-grandchild, Zev, as well as his extended family and many friends. He was a man with a generous heart and a ‘can-do’ attitude who loved his family fiercely and lived without regret.
The youngest of four, Howard was born in Swan River, MB, on July 19th, 1946 to Charlotte Dorothy and Arnold Almeron Koons. He grew up in Minitonas at a time when friends became family and was often found chasing after his sisters, Bonnie and Marilyn, and close family friend, Pat Maksymchuk.
As a teenager, he struck out on his own and moved to the bustling northern town of Thompson, MB to find his fame and fortune. He worked various jobs selling magazines, driving gravel trucks, and working as a mechanic. Strolling through the mall one day, he bumped into a tall, gorgeous girl who, after only a month, agreed to become his wife.
Howard and Heather were married on June 1st, 1968 and raised their girls in Thompson. They owned and operated the Motel Shell service station and were very involved in their community. His girls have many fond memories of their dad at the stock car races, Kinsmen Winter Carnival, Mystery Mountain Ski Hill, and local golf and curling clubs. They spent their summers travelling the country by motorhome and their winters skiing and snowmobiling. The house was often filled with family and friends enjoying a meal, playing cards, and sharing love and laughter.
In 1998, Howard and Heather moved to Coldstream, BC and operated three Shell service stations in Vernon and Lumby. Howard quickly met new friends at local golf courses and the Lumby Curling Club. As he transitioned into retirement, Heather worked hard to keep him busy. When Howard wasn’t renovating bathrooms for Heather’s friends or popping in to check on his sister-in-law, Elizabeth, he was running errands in his truck, reading novels, or seeing the countryside on his motorbike. Over the last 20 years, Howard and his brother-in-law, Wayne, put an average of 25 000 km on their bikes every summer. When it was too cold to ride, Howard packed his tools into his truck and headed to the girls’ homes to help with various home improvement projects.
Over the next few days, you may hear people say that he died doing what he loved, but Howard found happiness in so many things. Can anyone remember him ever being in a bad mood? Every challenge in life was an oppourtunity for Howard; he rarely got frustrated and would work long hours until the job was done. He loved playing Rummy, visiting with family and friends, driving his truck, tinkering, fixing, cleaning, organizing, and painting things red. Howard was a remarkable man of integrity, generosity, kindness, and good humour. His life’s purpose was to leave every person and every situation a little better and a little brighter. Howard was always putting the needs and comfort of others before himself. When asked “How is your day?”, he would respond with a “right on”, utter a jovial “hundred per” or flash them an exuberant ‘thumbs-up’.
This past June, Howard organized a 55th wedding anniversary celebration for Heather at a fancy hotel in Calgary. The two of them and their three daughters enjoyed a heartfelt evening with a lovely supper, a dip in the pool, card games, drinks, and snacks. It was the last time they were all together – Howard conveyed his happiness with the course of his life and his pride in his girls.
The service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday October 29th at the Coldstream Community Hall (9909 Kalamalka Road, Coldstream BC) with a reception to follow. Howard loved his plaid button-ups and, in honour of him, we welcome you to wear a plaid shirt to the service.
Zoom Meeting ID: 858 4764 2049
Please email Heather at [email protected] for any additional information.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-558-0866
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