Reverend William “Lester” Howard, age 92, of Newburgh, Indiana, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Newburgh Healthcare, in Newburgh, Indiana.

Lester was born on August 23, 1929, in Indian Springs, Indiana, to Rodolphus “Dolph” and Grace Mae (Carroll) Howard. He graduated from Alfordsville High School in 1947.

After graduating from Oakland City College in 1954, with a degree in theology, Lester decided to leave the Methodist Church for the American Baptist Church. He then attended Southern Baptist Seminary, in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating with a Master’s in Divinity in 1958.

In 1963, Lester took the call at Monticello, Indiana, where he was pastor at the First American Church for 14 years. In 1977, he moved his family to Evansville, Indiana, where he became the pastor at East Side Baptist Church. In 1984, as a part of the American Baptist initiative to start more churches, he built from the ground up The First American Baptist Church of Newburgh, now defunct.

Lester retired from the ministry in 1993 at the age of 65, but he was not happy being retired. He took an interim with the Baptist church in Olney, Illnois. After that, he interviewed with the Methodist Church and once more became a Methodist pastor. In 1998, Lester pastored at Black’s Chapel Methodist Church, in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, until his official retirement in 2011.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary E. (McLean) Howard; son, Wayne L. Howard; daughter, Carolyn Farmer and Kenneth; and one granddaughter, Stephanie Orth.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25th, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel - A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue. Reverend Tom Wenig will officiate.

Burial will be made in Bates Hill Cemetery, in Yankeetown, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24th, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Mount Vernon Community Church (Blacks Chapel) 1800 W. 4th Street, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620.

Arrangements are being handled by Boone Funeral Home East Chapel - A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, Indiana.

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