Howard "Howdy" Byers

April 16, 1926 - December 16, 2019
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Howard E. “Howdy” Byers, 93, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, December 16, 2019 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a recent illness.

A son of the late Delbert and Monna (Jollie) Byers, Howdy was born April 16, 1926 at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Howdy graduated from New Philadelphia High Sc…

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Howard E. “Howdy” Byers, 93, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, December 16, 2019 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a recent illness.

A son of the late Delbert and Monna (Jollie) Byers, Howdy was born April 16, 1926 at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Howdy graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1944. He then entered the United States Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II aboard the USS LST #797. Howdy honorably served his country until receiving his discharge in 1946. Then on June 21, 1947, he married the love of his life, the former Jo Anne Maus, and the couple raised two children, Rebecca and Phillip.

On January 1, 1955, Howdy joined the New Philadelphia Police Department and retired as Captain on June 13, 1980. Howdy was a longtime member of the FOP Tuscora Lodge #4 and a lifetime member of the BPOE #510 at New Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Woodcarvers of America Association and spent many days carving various projects while visiting the Wilderness Center at Wilmot.

Howdy was a proud and active member of Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, he served as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master for Troop #90. During his time as a Scout, he was proud to have served on the staff at the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia as well as visiting the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico as an adult leader. He was also proud to have assisted approximately 100 Scouts with their Eagle Scout projects. Howdy served on staff for summer camp at Camp Tuscazoar and Seven Ranges. In his later years he always made it a priority to attend the pancake breakfast in the spring and hog roast in the fall at Camp Tuscazoar.

Over the years, Howdy received numerous awards and recognitions for his service to the Boy Scouts and the community which included the Silver Beaver Award in 1994, the District Veterans Award in 2002, the Bernie Meyer Award and was honored by the First United Methodist Church for over 55 years in Scouting. Then on May 7, 2010, Howdy was awarded the Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service Award by the Quaker Foundation.

Howdy was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia. Through the church, he served as an adult leader on work missions in Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Jo Anne Byers; his children, Rebecca Auman of Dover and Phillip Byers of Bolivar; his grandchildren, Stephanie (fiancé, Dennis Tubbs) Withem, Adam Burns and Leslie (Chris) Hirgelt; his great grandchildren, Nathan and Jaelyn Withem and Carter Ingram and a great-great granddaughter, Athena Withem; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Mathias, several nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Howdy was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Huff; a cousin, Shirley Scott and a brother-in-law, Edwin Mathias.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia with FOP services being held at 4:00 p.m. In keeping with Howdy’s wishes, cremation will follow visitation and a memorial service will take place Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. William Ramsay officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

Contributions may be made in Howdy’s memory to Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, P.O. Box 308, Zoarville, OH 44656, or to the Stockade Restoration Project at Camp Tuscazoar, P.O. Box 308, Zoarville, OH 44656 or to the Wilderness Center, P.O. Box 202, Wilmot, OH 44689.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

FOP services will also be held at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

East Avenue Cemetery


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Camp Tuscazoar Foundation

PO Box 308
Zoarville, OH 44656

Stockade Restoration Project at Camp Tuscazoar

PO Box 308
Zoarville, OH 44656

The Wilderness Center

PO Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689
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Born: April 16, 1926
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Manbecks posted on 2/27/20

Just found this, lots of memories from boy scouts. He will be missed.


Janette Gundy posted on 1/3/20

Dear Phil, Sending you my deepest sympathy.


Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 12/22/19

Dear JoAnne, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We have many good memories of fun times and events with the FOP Tuscora Lodge #4....For many years Dave and Howdy worked together even though they were on opposite sides of the river and they became good friends....We are very sorry we could not make it to visitation or the funeral as Dave has been in rehab for therapy after a hospital stay..Please take care of yourself! Sending you our love..


Donovan Shivers posted on 12/21/19

Phil we were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Don wanted to call you but we have lost your phone number. Don had to work both Friday and Saturday so we were unable to attend both services. Please call us at 740-622-0237 if we aren't home leave your number Don really would like to talk to you.


Patty Burson posted on 12/21/19

With sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather ! Tim & Patty Burson


Jim and Carol Vickers posted on 12/20/19

As the parents of one of Howdy's 100+ Eagle Scouts, we will be forever grateful to have known Howdy. He was a good man, a good public servant, and a wonderful influence in the lives of his Scouts. We send our sincere condolences to all his family. He will be missed by many many people in our community and beyond.


Jeff Fahner posted on 12/20/19

We know Howdy from Boy Scouts. We had 3 boys and 2 Eagle Scouts. The third was one letter to counsel away from receiving it. Howdy was a great guy and I went on some of the camping trips and sat around the fire with him and Bob Mc Milan. We will miss you good Friend! Jeff Faner. Dad Mark Matt Eric


Kevin & Mindy Wagner posted on 12/20/19

So Sorry for your loss, he will be deeply missed.


John Stutz posted on 12/20/19

Howdy was the greatest Scout Master of Troop #90. It was through his leadership that many of us were able to complete the journey to Eagle. He knew how to teach us the lessons we needed to know. I was honored to have Howdy as my leader. He will be truly missed.


Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 12/19/19

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Howard E. Byers, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Navy Veteran, Howard E. Byers, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Janie Nee Green posted on 12/18/19

So sorry to read of Howdy's death death, but happy that he had such a nice long life and that he and Joann had 72 years of married life. That's certainly something to be happy about. My Mother, Helen Nee, was their backyard neighbor for many years! I am her daughter, Janie Nee Green. My brother Johnny and I traveled through their backyard many times over the years. My sympathy to Joann and their children. That was a lovely obituary and I know they are all very proud. Janie Nee Green Acworth, GA


Eric Reiser posted on 12/18/19

Many scouts have called your name From under your wing to Eagles fame We started as boys and grew to men A lifetime of memories to a day when We left the nest one by one Accepted the challenge victory won We can't begin to Thank you enough even those times when you got tough made us behave when we were bad For some the boys you were all that they had. Rest now in the knowing that for all that you've done. Many men have you made many lives you've begun. Soar onward and upward to the Heavenly Hall. On the wings of the Eagle hark his heavenly call. Thank you HOWDY!


Terry Auman posted on 12/18/19

We here at A & M Service Center miss Howdy working here to this day. Great inspiration to us all.


Robert W. Everett - President, FOP Tuscora Lodge #4 posted on 12/18/19

To the Family of "Howdy" Byers, All of the members at the Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge #4 join you in grieving with the loss of Brother Howdy. He was definitely an icon in the lodge for decades until his health would no longer permit him to be there. Howdy served in several different positions for the lodge and always served us well. He was eager to help promote the positive image of the police in our communities. It's evident from his obituary, everywhere Howdy landed, he made his mark on so many. Howdy was not only a policeman but a true public servant in all he did. He will be missed by many, but knowing him and either working with him or being with him in organizations, is something all of us will always treasure. Brother Howdy, your tour of duty on this earth is over, well done Howdy......well done.


Gerry Tinor posted on 12/17/19

Dear Becky- My condolences for your loss. What a full and interesting life he led, a life of service and dedication! How proud you must be to have had such a father. My condolences as well to your Mom for the loss of her life partner and to Stephanie, Adam, and Leslie for the loss of a wonderful Grandfather. May you all find peace and comfort in many happy memories. With sincere sympathy- Gerry


Scott Flickinger posted on 12/17/19

Howdy was a great man and a wonderful leader. He made scouting fun, and taught us all great lessons. He will truly be missed.


sherry lindon posted on 12/17/19

So very sorry. He was a great guy!


Jennings Campbell posted on 12/17/19

Howdy Byers was second only to my father as an adult male figure in my life. I grew up in the boy scouts and eventually he pinned my Eagle on my chest, I eventually took over the troop and raised my son who I also asked Howdy to have the honor of giving him his Eagle. My son passed away a year ago on December 8th and they will forever be in my heart and mind. I love you both and you will be sadly missed


Marsha S Herron (Scott) posted on 12/17/19

Joanne, I'm so sorry for your . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great man. Love, Marsha S Herron


Lee & Darla Randolph posted on 12/17/19

It was a joy to Scout with Howdy for nearly 2 decades. We did a lot of things together. He leaves a giant footprint for someone to fill. Howdy will be missed.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 12/17/19

Dear Jo Anne and Family, So very sorry for your loss, he was a nice guy, I grew up next door to his Mom and Dad down on East High...Also knew him from the Police Dept. Please know that thinking of you all and sending good thoughts and prayers.... Carolyn Cua Vaughn


Fawn Lahm posted on 12/17/19

Leslie I am so sorry to hear what happened to your grandfather you have my sympathies


Bobby Smith posted on 12/17/19

Howdy was an awesome person. He used to come by the Fire Station and tell us amazing stories of his time on the NPPD.


Diane Dorsey posted on 12/17/19

So sorry for your loss. He was a great man & will be missed.


Diane Dorsey posted on 12/17/19

So sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed!