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May 15, 1959 - April 23, 2017

Wayne was born May 15, 1959 in Spring Grove, Minnesota to Allen and Betty (Lund) Howard.  He graduated from the Lanesboro High School and then from the Diesel Mechanics course at the Winona Technical Institute. His father died when Wayne was a young man, so he worked on the farm milking the cows before school and continuing the work when he got home.  He continued running the dairy and beef farm, and worked on tractors and machinery.  He enjoyed helping out family and friends, fishing, camping, learning about history, gardening, and collecting antiques. 

Wayne passed away April 23, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 57.

Wayne is survived by his mother Betty Bigalk of Harmony, two brothers Ronald (Marie) Howard of Spring Grove, and Cory (Traci) Pederson of Lanesboro; nieces and nephews Sarah, Erin, Jeremy, and Rachel Howard, Cade and Coy Pederson, Samantha and Andrew Hearrold, and Peter and Thomas Howard; and longtime special friend Ruth Ann Yonts.  He was preceded in death by his father Allen Howard; step-fathers Arlen Pederson and Walter Bigalk; a brother Dale Howard; and a sister Michelle Hearrold.

Funeral service will be 2 pmThursday, April 27, 2017 at the Whalan Lutheran Church in Whalan, Minnesota with Rev. Patricia Hinkie officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

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