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Walter Carey Howell

Walter Carey Howell, age 80, of 346 W. Fourth Street, Bloomsburg, passed away in his sleep on “National Peace Day,” September 21, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Claudia; their children, Christine M. Howell and Carrie A. Opie; their grandchildren, Ashley K. Howell, Toni E. Childs, and Courtney L. Ehmer; and their great grandchildren, Ryland Gregory Schnee and Copper Shelby Baiotto.

Carey was born in Kingston on December 27, 1941 and was one of three children of Elmer Howell and Marjorie Carey Howell.

Carey was a graduate of Forty Fort High School/Wyoming Valley Technical Institute of 1962. At Forty Fort High School he was the Chaplin of the Hi-Y Club. After high school he started his first job at Forty Fort National Bank, then on to GAC Finance Corporation, living in Scranton, Washington D.C., Jamaica, Long Island, Broomall, Keene, NH, and back to Philadelphia.

In 1969, Carey and his family moved back to Bloomsburg to start a 25-year career as a manager with First Eastern Bank Bloomsburg Route 11, Bloomsburg Market Square, and the Berwick branch. As an assistant vice president, he traveled from home to Wilkes Barre for eight years. Here he was named regional manager of First Lease bank. He finished his career at First Columbia Bank.

During his lifetime he was involved in various community organizations. To name just a few of his community involvements: Jaycees, Bloomsburg Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Chairman of Red Cross during the 1972 flood, Campaign Chairman of the Bloomsburg United Way, Bloomsburg Fair Director of Grandstand, and on the Bloomsburg Town Council.

Carey was a banker that enjoyed wearing a suit and tie, golfing with friends, and enjoyed meals out, especially coffee with the Morris men. Carey had a keen mind, quick wit, exemplary computer skills, dabbled in genealogy, and above all else was a story and joke teller.

He will be greatly missed. Please use humor in your life and support your community.

Private services will be held later at Memorial Shrine, Caverton (West Wyoming).

Memorial contributions in Carey’s name are suggested to the Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.


RIP my Forty Fort friend

Ken Bolton Sep 28 2022 9:55 AM

Our deepest condolences to Claudia and the entire family. Carey was a great guy and someone who could instantly brighten your day. R.I.P buddy.

Lee and Linda Bonhamer Sep 27 2022 10:42 PM

Carey left his mark as a close friend of my husband Jim. Both knew each other well as bankers; active Jaycee, Rotary, and United Way members, and as members of the Bloomsburg Fair Board. Carey made sure Jim felt welcome on the Fair Board and often invited Jim and I to ride with him and Claudia to regional and national meetings. It was a fun time and enlightening experience. You are missed.
My deepest sympathies to Claudia and family. May you find comfort in knowing that, while we can't hold those we love forever, any more than we can hold moonlight, if they are inside us, then they are still ours.
Forever in my heart,

Velma Burrows Sep 27 2022 6:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Howell

Velma Burrows Sep 27 2022 6:05 PM

Carey was my first boss at First Eastern Bank. He was a great mentor. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He was the reason my wife and I settled in Forty Fort. He was a great person.

John Grochowski Sep 26 2022 11:29 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Claudia and family during this difficult time. Sending our love and hugs.

Charles and Jackie Howell Sep 26 2022 7:27 PM

Much sympathy to Claudia and families. I remember you all at the weekend neighborhood picnics, neighbors across the street from my father in-law with me only living there a few months, and bank dealings with Carey. I am sure there are many good memories over the years that will help see you thru this tuff time.

Dotty Keefer (Ent) Martin Sep 26 2022 12:24 AM

You will be missed dear friend. So many fun memories. Thanks for being in my life!

Karen M Vinso Sep 25 2022 6:33 PM

Carey R.I.P. You made me Laugh so much I still chuckle. Your one of the few who Knew How difficult it was for me and how I was misused Working in Bloomsburg at a Auto Rental Co. You always had a positive response to everything. Thanks Dan.

Daniel Webster Sep 25 2022 4:26 PM

On Sep 17, 2022 was the final time I spent with Carey and you. I am so sorry for your loss. The memories of that night will last forever for everyone that was there. I always look at death this way: We are all only passing thru, Casey Has Arrived. If I can be of any help to you, dont hesitate to ask. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Sam Favata Sep 25 2022 1:16 PM

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