Howard Loomis, member of ‘Air Apaches’

Howard Beach Loomis, of Clymer, PA and formerly of Palermo, NY died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at his home.

The son of Carlon James and Gertrude Lucille (Coventry) Loomis, he was born on July 22, 1923 in Palermo, NY.

Howard was a graduate of the Mexico Free Academy, Mexico, NY Class of 1940.

He served in the Pacific theater as a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Corps as a proud member of the 345th Bombardment (M) “The Air Apaches.” He participated in the war effort as a tail gunner and radioman on B25s.

After returning home, Howard resumed his studies in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and in 1950 graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture.

Howard spent his entire life working in the dairy cattle industry until his retirement at the age of 78.

His career spanned involvement with the American Dairy Cattle Club; as a county agent with the NY State Cooperative Extension Service; work with the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and as a district sales manager with the American Breeders Service.

On June 29, 1946, Howard wed Harriet “Elda” (Barnum) and they shared 67 years of marriage.

He was a voracious reader with a lifelong interest in US history, especially concerning writings about the Civil War. Howard was a strong supporter of conservation and civil liberties.

Howard is survived by his wife, Elda, of Clymer, PA; his four children: Kathleen Snyder of Clymer, PA; Deanna Loomis Houck of Candor, NY; Audrey Murphy and partner Brian Black of Slippery Rock, PA and Jay Loomis and wife Connie of Collegeville, PA; nine grandchildren: Kimberly Loomis Crockard and husband, Mike: Greggory Houck; Rhiannon Orendorff and husband Josh; Nicola Caringola and husband Mike; Trisha Boyer and husband Scott; Bridget Parson; Lacey Parson; Kristen Loomis and Jaycie Loomis and seven great grandchildren: Riley Crockard; Abigail, Olivia and Emma Orendorff; Victoria Caringola and Bayleigh and Brody Boyer.

Also surviving are his brother, Lee Loomis and wife Eleanor of Fulton, NY and his sister, Gertrude Lindsley of Fulton, NY.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Judy Loomis; his son-in-law, Clair Snyder; brother, Lawrence Loomis; brother-in-law, Paul Lindsley and his sister-in-law Janice Thaine and her husband, Gerald.

A private family visitation was held at the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale, PA. A family graveside service took place at Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, NY with Rev. Susan Collins Thaine presiding.

The observance of military honors was accorded by the US Army Reservists.

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