Funeral services for Howard Thomas Guyer are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow, with military honors, in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Howard Thomas Guyer went home to be with his Lord and Savior on the afternoon of April 30, 2014. He was born Nov. 7, 1918, to Thomas and Luella Guyer. He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Starr, his parents and three siblings.
From his very early years, his life consisted of work and responsibility. His father passed away when he was 2, and he had no choice, along with his mother and siblings, other than helping with the financial support of the family. Together, they survived the Great Depression. He went on to become a football star and quarterback for Durant High School and then Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he is in the Hall of Fame. All of this while working full time and going to school.
Life was interrupted when World War II broke out. Howard enlisted, and before he left, he married the love of his life, Starr Cates. He found his way to battle, landing on D-Day plus 12. He served in the heart of the conflict throughout the European Theater. The most amazing part of this is that, after three-plus years, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star, he came home.
After returning, he worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. until he began his career of 28 years with Goodyear, managing retail stores. Many knew him as Howard, others as H.T., Oodie, Papa or Papa G. He was an active member and deacon at First Baptist Church Ardmore for many years. During his “retirement,” when he wasn’t on the golf course, he directed and served for 23 years at Loaves and Fishes. This was just a continuation of his heart and life. He lived to take care of his family and help all who crossed his path.
One of the things you could always count on was his love for life, a good practical joke and a great conversation on any ball game that might happen to be on TV. It was often said that you knew when he wasn’t feeling like himself if he wasn’t teasing you.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy Lombard and husband Gary, Oklahoma City; his son, Phil Guyer and wife Michelle of Edmond; grandchildren Angii Durham and husband Damon, Amy Williams and husband Justin, and Jill, Olivia and Lilly Starr Guyer; great-grandchildren Grant and Macy Durham, and Kinsey and Carson Williams; many nieces and nephews, along with many friends who loved him dearly.
In these last years, Howard had many loving friends and caregivers. We want to say a special thanks to Jim and Sue Clark, Brenda Noland, Phyllis Ryman, Ideal Home Care of Ardmore, Sterling House Assisted Living of Oklahoma City, Angel Care of Oklahoma City and Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. We can never thank you enough.
Serving as pallbearers will be Grant Durham, Damon Durham, Justin Williams, Jim Clark, Emmett Hudgins and Don Herrian.
Memorial may be made to Loaves and Fishes of Ardmore.