“Chief” Donald D. Howard: 1944-2013
Memorial Services for “Chief” Donald D. Howard, 69, of Moses Lake, Wash., were at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Hinckley-Howard Cemetery in Little Eagle, S.D. Chief passed away on May 7, 2013, in Moses Lake.
Donald D. Howard “Chief” was born in Mobridge, S.D., on April 9, 1944, to Charles and Tillie Howard and was enrolled as a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Don attended McLaughlin Public School and after his school years he worked for various ranchers around the McLaughlin area. He then joined the Army National Guard and worked as a heavy vehicle truck driver and was honorably discharged Aug. 1, 1963. After that he moved to Oregon and worked as a semi-truck driver before relocating to Bellingham, Wash.,, where he worked for Intalco for several years. During the time he met his loving wife Nikkie “Jansen” and they shared 40 years together. In the early 70’s Chief drove truck for Corcoran, and worked at Hersche Feed Lot in the Lemmon area.
Chief then drove for several different logging and trucking firms before their final move to Moses Lake, Wash.,, where they have resided for the past 20 years. During that time he drove for various local trucking firms. Don and Nikkie also owned and operated Arrow Star Concessions, which involved traveling to various events and fairs in the region. Don had a great passion for his dog, Lokata “Kooter,” his two surviving sisters and his many collectibles.
Chief is survived by his wife, Nikkie, his sons, Duane (Lorne) of Hillsboro, Ore., and “Buck” Cameron Howard of Moses Lake, Wash., daughter Brenda (Drew) Roosma, Othello, Wash., two sisters; Fran Stoecker, of McLaughlin, and Donna Hinckley (his twin) of Little Eagle, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents and one sister.
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