Henry F. "Gerald" Howison, II

A celebration of life for Henry F. "Gerald" Howison, II, 73, of Exeter will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at his home, 22709 Avenue 294. There will be no formal service.

Stories of remembrances will be from 12-1 p.m. He left his earthly home on Sunday, March 28, with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Lemoncove on June 23, 1930. He was the only son of Henry F. Howison and Lillian French Howison Fletcher.

He attended grammar school in Lemoncove, high school in Exeter and Menlo Boys Academy and college in Albuquerque, N.M. He married Virginia Gill on Dec. 4, 1948. He owned various ranches in Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and California. He was a long-standing member of the California Farm Bureau and the Cattleman's Association.

Surviving family members are his wife of 55 years, Virginia "Gee" Howison; daughter, Charlotte Mehrten and her husband, Bill of Exeter; sons, Henry F. Howison, III and his wife, Jan of Exeter and Lou Howison and wife, Julie of Kingsburg; grandchildren, Will Mehrten of Seattle, Lee Mehrten of Santa Monica; Henry F. "Ry" Howison IV and Heidi Howison of Exeter, Forrest, James and Gill Howison of Kingsburg; great-grandchildren, Pierce and Ava Mehrten of Seattle; sisters, Louise "Carpey" Russell of Charleston, S.C. and Alice Nicholas of Lander, Wyo.; stepbrother, Art Fletcher of Fresno. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Gill.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society; Wish Upon a Star, P.O. Box 4000, Visalia, CA 93278 or your favorite charity. On-line condolences may be made to www.smithfamilychapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter.

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