Howard J. McCoid died suddenly Dec. 18, 2012. He was 80.
He was born in 1932 in Quinn, S.D., to Wesley and Evelyn McCoid. His family moved to Montrose in 1942. He graduated from Montrose High School where he was active in sports. He attended Western State College on a wrestling scholarship but broke his back during a workout. Two years later he joined the Air Force after working as a lumberjack in Washington.
Mr. McCoid married Alice Millar on Dec. 27, 1952. Together they spent 24 years in the Air Force, stationed in Greenland, England, and many states including Alaska and Hawaii. He retired in 1976 as a master sergeant and brought his family back to Montrose. For 10 years they owned and operated the Olathe Liquor Store.
Mr. McCoid was an accomplished woodcarver. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking.
He is survived by his wife Alice; daughters, Denise Rosoff and her husband Henry, Chris Norton and her husband Randy, Lynn Beckley and her husband Tim, Teresa Hohbein and her husband Bob and Dee Heavenridge and her husband Andy; sons, Kevin McCoid and Greg McCoid and his wife Bobbie; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Michael.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jean, Dorris and Mary; and brothers, Patrick and John.
A private family memorial service was held Dec. 28 at Valley Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment with military honors followed at Valley Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements were handled by Clark Valley Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery.blog comments powered by Disqus