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Folks Of Interest Gary Howard

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 7, 2019.

  1. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,516


    RIP Gary. Great job boss.
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  2. sunray
    Joined: Nov 17, 2004
    Posts: 11


    I was privileged to know Gary. I just saw him at the Wimberley show. He was the calmest, coolest, most talented custom builder I ever met. He really knew how to build a car in a style that is unlike any other. He will be remembered and missed by us all.
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  3. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,951


    Nice words about this great man. When I met him we were both looking at a custom at the Round Up. I mentioned being from Omaha, and he said he had lived near there in Iowa, then we introduced ourselves and I was in shock to meet Gary Howard, I told him how much I liked his work and he was so humble about it. Another legend lost.
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  4. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,655

    from Michigan

    Oh, Ryan...I'm so sorry. Tears for you and others who loved him.
    I know you already know this, but I'll say it anyway.
    It's one of the best things some of the guys expressed to me when I lost Sandy.
    Something like...
    "I'm so sorry for your loss, but at the same time, I'm envious of the love you shared...of which not all are lucky enough to find."
    And that's why it hurts so much. We feel that the love is gone. But it's not. They still love us. We still love them. That's forever.
    I'm gonna be presumptuous here and speak for all us...
    We love you too, Ryan. Seriously.
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  5. Nice read.....glad he didn't suffer long and take heart he has joined some others that went before him.
  6. Clevername
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 315


    Touched by your eulogy, sorry for your (our?) loss.
  7. I'm learning more and more as I get older that it's about the people that make this hobby go round, and the cars are just a bonus. When you have a guy like Gary that was a great person and also a great builder, well... Guys like Gary are what make this car thing so much fun.

    Ryan, you're very lucky to have known him. Do any of his coined phrases or key building ideas that he taught you stand out? If you could share, if you're able to at this time, it would be really neat to know a bit more about him!
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  8. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,502

    from red oak

    Been away from the Hamb for a few days and this is the first thead I opened up. Scan0623.jpg Here is a pic of his 52 Ford taken in Des Moines KKOA show in 84. Met him later that year. Got to watch him get inducted into the KKOA Hall Of Fame. One of his brothers traveled with us down to Salina that year. One of the things I noticed both of them did was to rub back and forth with their backs against a tree`s bark to scratch their backs. Kinda weird the strange things you remember about a person.
  9. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,510


    A True Talent, my condolences to his Family and Friends. Thank You Ryan for sharing your thoughts and the burden of your loss. We are here for you!
  10. 64polarbear
    Joined: Mar 21, 2015
    Posts: 12


    As a Funeral Director, its not very often my hobbies overflow into my work life (especially with cars), but when it did in arranging Gary's services, it made it so much more of an honor to serve Gary's family in their time of need. Such a fitting celebration of his life honoring him. I never knew Gary personally, but after hearing all the stories from his friends and family I truly wish I had met him. The automotive world will never be the same.
  11. Javier
    Joined: Aug 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,433

    1. Strugglers C.C.

    Beautiful tribute to a true gentleman. I only had 4 or 5 conversations with Gary over the past 15 years or so, but he was definitely one of the nicest guys. Loved his cars of course. Me and my sons were lucky enough to visit his shop once and see his works in progress. What an honor that was! Condolences to his family, and the many friends that loved him.
  12. El Jefe
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 706

    El Jefe
    Alliance Member

    Come celebrate Gary's life with on Nov 10th at Albert Ice House and Dance Hall in Albert Texas
    go to for all the details. You might even drive home in a 1941 Mercury !!
    stanlow69, OG lil E and drdave like this.

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