He is predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Elissa vonGunten and by his sister Henrietta Choban.
He will be remembered lovingly by his children Howard Spencer (LaVonne) Emily Steele, Janice Martin and David Spencer (Kathryn).
Predeceased by his dear grandson Jeremy, he will be greatly missed by his adoring grandchildren Robert, Janelle (Mark), Addison (Nicole), Matthew and Alison, and his great grandchildren Hannah, Jack, Addison and Jaylee.
Howard was born and raised in Roaring Branch by his parents Addison and Melvina.
A devout Seventh Day Adventist his entire life, he attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canton, Pennsylvania and College Park Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oshawa, Ontario.
During World War II he served in the US military tending to the wounded aboard hospital ships from England, Italy and the Philippines.