Fred was born December 29, 1931 to Edward and Wilma (Loghry) Howard in Loup County, Nebraska. He attended grade school at Lookout District 26 and graduated from Taylor High School in 1949.Fred was drafted into the Army in February 1952 and spent eighteen months in Germany. He was honorably discharged in February 1954.
On June 9, 1956, Fred married Darlene Nelson, the love of his life. They spent the first seven years in Loup County and in May 1963, they moved to their present home West of Sargent. Fred was a farmer and employed at Koupal and Barstow Lumber. Later, he also did carpentry work.
Fred enjoyed being with family, gardening, and playing cards at Senior Citizens and Fun Night, always making the coffee. During Fred’s battle with cancer, he enjoyed reading many books.
Fred is survived by wife Darlene, two sons and one daughter, Larry (Mary) Howard of West Point, Ron (Kathy) Howard of North Platte, and Linda (Dave) Mack of Omaha. Also surviving are eight grandchildren Christopher (Andrea) Howard of Lincoln, Marisa (Dirk) Bargen of Columbus, Bryce Howard of Tempe, AZ, Jordan Howard of North Platte, Shawnae (Nathan) Vieyra of North Platte, Carington Howard of North Platte, Jennifer Mack of Omaha, and Ryan Mack of Omaha and two step grandchildren Sheila DeGarmo and Rusty (Deedra) DeGarmo of North Platte; five great grandchildren Brooklynn and Lucas Howard of Lincoln, Declan and Ryla Bargen of Columbus, and Gia Vievra of North Platte; and four step great grandchildren Porter Thomas, Billie, Mackenzie, and Gavin DeGarmo of North Platte; brother-in-law Alvin (Marcelyn) Nelson of Littleton, CO and their family; sister-in-law Rosemary Nelson of Elyria, Nebraska; sister Lila (Dennis) Dunbar of Torrington, WY, sister-in-law Nelva Howard of Taylor; and numerous other relatives and friends, especially neighbors, Curt and Betty Sillivan.He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Don and Dwayne Howard, sister Anna Dove, parents-in-law Floyd and Hazel Nelson, brothers-in-law Robert and Eugene Nelson.