Robert  Howland


Bob went to Heaven before us on the morning of March 16, 2019. He died of complications from Parkinson's Disease at 76.
He was surrounded by his wife Marilyn and children John, Kim and Mark.
Bob was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1964 and taught high school math for 17 years.
At age 39 he changed professions, graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 ... "Boomer Sooner!"
He began his second career as a physician Assistant working with his best friend, Dr. Larry Lane, in Chelsea. He later joined and retired from John's Work Med.
He then began a third career, working for First United Methodist Church of Claremore as their first director of operations.
Loving family members include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn, son John of Tulsa, daughter Kimberly Miller (Kurt) of Oklahoma City, son Mark of Cleveland, Tennessee, brothers Don (Donna) of Traverse City, Michigan, and David (Nancy) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grandchildren Marcus, Kimber and Trever Howland of Tulsa and Kody (Jessi) and Kyle Strickland of Moore as well as four great granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts to First United Methodst Church Endowment Fund, 1615 N Hwy 88, Claremore, OK 74017 or American Parkinson's Association Oklahoma Chapter , P.O. Box 3113, Broken Arrow, OK 74013.
A celebration of life will be held April 12, 4 p.m. at Claremore First United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank all our friends and family far and near who have faithfully prayed for Bob and for us, especially these last few weeks. Your kindness and prayers will not be forgotten.
Bob was a faithful Christian for many years, influencing countless people for the Lord.
"Well done my good and faithful servant ... come and share your Master's happiness" - Matthew 25:23.
Published on March 22, 2019
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Blaine and Judith Sayre
Apr 03, 2019
Bob was a special person--caring and wise. His is a legacy of thoughtfulness and action.
Patricia Gibson
Apr 01, 2019
I met Bob when I moved to Oklahoma and joined the First UMC. I had volunteered to sit at the front desk and welcome visitors and answer the telephone. That wonderful smile! He would often come out of his office and visit with me. He was the kindest, most open-hearted person I ever met. His joy, easy laughter and deep faith was the Christianity that God must surely love in his children. The world is a little less bright with Bob not in it.
Blaine and Judi Sayre
Mar 31, 2019
We hold you in our hearts.
Phyllis Smith
Mar 28, 2019
Bob & Marilyn were a positive influence in my Christian growth during the 1970's when we first moved to Michigan. I'm still greatly blessed to be able to remain in touch via email with Marilyn even now.
Jackie Bopp
Mar 27, 2019
I enjoyed your Dad as a math teacher, even more he was kind and cared about each of his students. He knew where I went to church and one summer while he was working at Keeler Brass, he met and worked with my future husband. Knowing we both went to the same church, your dad asked if he knew me. One Sunday evening, my "future" husband saw me at church and our first conversation was about our mutual friend, your father. I am forever thankful for him. Bless you all as you grieve a wonderful man. He made a positive mark on the world. I think your Dad and my Bob are sharing joy in Heaven.
Kim Fountain Williams
Mar 26, 2019
Your dad was my 10th grade geometry teacher. He was a very kind man and a great teacher!
Linda Giammona-Eggers
Mar 25, 2019
Dear Marilyn and Family,
May you find peace from the pain and sorrow of grief in loving memories of such a wonderful husband, father, brother, and grandfather. With the hope and promises of Father God and the mercy and redemption of Jesus Christ our Lord, we are guaranteed, Bob no longer suffers.

1 Corinthians 16:54b-55
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
Oh death, where is your victory?
Oh death, where is your sting?”

Love and hugs to you all!
Jim Elliott
Mar 25, 2019
I heve known Bob for many years, and have never known a more faithful Christian man ..we worked together on the church personnel committee and the endowment fitting that he passed away on 3/16!
Marie (Stressman) Haraburda
Mar 25, 2019
I well remember your dad! I had him for 10th grade Algebra. Your dad was kind, supportive, super smart and a wonderful teacher! Your dad remained cool even when students acted occasionally like jerks. Mr. Howland had a great sense of humor. Some of my best memories of 10th grade are of his classroom in 1973-74 school year. His classroom overlooked the golf course. Your dad was a gem! He would explain things very thoroughly and have conversations with us students. We Crestonites were so lucky to have your dad as a teacher!
Karen Roest
Mar 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of Mr. Holland passing. As a student of his many years ago, I remember his sense of humor and smile. He loved to joke with us, making up math jokes that we would collectively groan at, then laugh. We were blessed to have him teach us. Sending prayers.
Kim Holderby
Mar 23, 2019
Bob was a wonderful person. Always upbeat. He always had words of encouragement and a smile on his face. I appreciate his faithfulness. My prayers are with Marilyn and all of his family and friends. We’ll see you again, Bob!