Richard "Dick" Lambert Howell Jr.I am a Veteran.

of Hunt, TX

December 18, 1937 - June 3, 2022

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Richard Lambert Howell, Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas on Dec. 18, 1937, and passed away at his home in Hunt on June 3, 2022 at the age of 84.

Dick lived robustly; everything he did was done with passion. He loved music, sports (especially amateur sports), old cars, and Cajun culture. He took notice of things that many overlooked, in particular the talents of young people.

After finishing high school in Beaumont, he joined the Navy, lived in California and Colorado and settled in Houston. He opened and operated bars and restaurants, owned gas stations, and was the first franchisee of BFI. His last formal job was as director of the State Comptroller's Training Center in Kerrville under Bob Bullock.

Dick was well known among tennis and pickleball players, was distinguished in Senior Games, and in pickleball was ranked #1 in the world in 2013. Dick and Jane published the quarterly ''Texas High School Hoops'' from 1987-1991.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Ragsdale, sister Pat Howell, and five grown children: Diane O. Howell, Dixie Lee Howell, Debbie Howell Hill, Richard L. Howell III, and Silas Deen Howell, and their spouses. He had three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, RL Howell and Odette L. Howell and sister Trudy Howell Cowden.

A private memorial service will be held.

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8 Condolence(s)
David and Camille Sweigart
Meadowlakes, TX
Monday, June 20, 2022

Paige just told us this evening of Dick's passing. Our hearts are broken for you.
David always enjoyed his brief visits with Dick when we were either dropping off or picking Paige up at camp.
What a special individual he was. He so graciously came to Meadowlakes to
teach the game of pickle ball to our residents.

We are praying now for you and for your son and extended family.
David and Camille Sweigart-proud grandparents of Paige Resor

Gretchen Gambrell Asbury
Ingram, TX
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Jane and Deen
You have our sincere condolences on Dick’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of his huge personality and love for his family. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your extended family.

Tom and Sharon Richardson
Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Jane, we are sending you our love and deepest Sympathy. Please know that we are here for you and our prayers are with you and your family

Sharon and Tom Richardson

David and Donna Ellis
Ingram, TX
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord bring you much comfort. We hold you and your family in our prayers.

Rob & Kelli Bartell
Harper, TX
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Rob & I are just devastated & our hearts are super heavy for the loss of Duck. One of the happiest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Praying for Jane & Deem & the rest of the family.

Denise smith
Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Dick was so nice. Never judged and was always a teacher. Keep your head high. Sail with the angels. Denise Smith

Jane Barron
Kerrville, TX
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Jane, so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing
Please accept my condolence for you and family
You all are in my prayers !

Claudia Brown
Denton, TX
Monday, June 6, 2022

Jane and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Dick was such an extraordinary and amazing man.

Claudia and Marc Brown