James ?Jimmy? Ward Howles, 83, of Venango, passed away on Friday, May 18, at Crawford County Care Center after a period of declining health. Jim was born on May 22, 1934, in Grand Tower, IL, to James Walter and Martha Howles. From an young age, Jim worked on the family dairy farm in Venango and also grew and sold produce from his stand. In the early 80?s, Jim opened Howles? Market and continued operating his store until 2013.? He enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his friends and family, and producing maple syrup at Howles Maple Farm.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Dan Howles; a sister, Mabel Porter; and a daughter-in-law, Sally L. Howles.
Survivors include his son, Donald J. Howles and his wife, Kris of Guys Mills; his son, Greg A. Howles of Venango; his son, Dale R. Howles of Meadville; his daughter, Kim Keep of Venango; his son, James W. Howles of Freehold, NJ; his sister, Marjorie Dygert and her husband, Bruce of Geneva; his brother, Arlen Howles and his wife, Sandy of Venango; his friends and caregivers, Al and Brenda Reibel of Cambridge Springs; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Monday, May 21, at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs from 4 to 7 p.m. and are invited to a funeral service to be held there at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County 766 Liberty St., Meadville, PA 16335 or Venango Volunteer Fire Department.