Stephen (Steve) James Howell
Feb. 18, 1944-Oct. 4, 2023
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Stephen (Steve) James Howell, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2023. A decades long member of the Pleasanton community, he was 79, and a resident of The Parkview Assisted Living Facility.
He was born on February 18, 1944, in New York, New York, to James Goff Howell and Sarah Frances (Flowtree) Howell. He and his family then relocated to Nebraska for a few years before making California their permanent home. Steve attended San Leandro High school where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Pam (Davis) Howell. They were married for 59 years and raised three children together. Steve served as a firefighter for the city of Berkeley for many years before attending Cal State Hayward and earning a bachelor's degree in political science. He then proudly worked for the Internal Revenue Service for over 30 years.
Steve had a real gift for the gab and could talk to anyone about anything. He will be fondly remembered for his contagious laugh and love of Queen Anne's Cherry Cordials. He spent many years involved in Job's Daughter, Bethel 14, Pleasanton, where he served as Associate Bethel Guardian from 1989 - 1991. He was an avid Elvis enthusiast, enjoyed leisurely walks around the grocery store, and never missed a Sunday football game.
Steve is survived by his loving wife - Pam, brother - David Howell, son - Mark (Judy) Howell, daughter - Kelly Peterson, son-in-law - Todd Phillips, four grandchildren - Allie (Tim) Byrnes, Maddie Peterson, Matthew Howell, Christopher Howell, and great grandson - Salem Byrnes.
He is preceded in death by daughter, Jennifer (Howell) Phillips, and son-in-law, John Peterson.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Graham Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First St, Pleasanton.
To honor his life, donations may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind.