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Robert “Bob” Gene Howell, who resided in Par Village near De Leon, passed away on Aug.31, 2021.

Robert “Bob” Gene Howell

Bob was born Jan.1, 1935in De Leon and graduated from De Leon High School in 1953. Bob married his high school sweetheart Barbara, and they were happily married for 66 years. Barbara passed away April 19, 2021.

After high school Bob attended Baylor University and University of Texas Medical School. During medical school, Barbara gave birth to sons Mark and Mike. Daughter Kay was born while Bob was in the Air Force in Big Spring.

The couple then moved to Knox City and resided there from 1963-1982. While in Knox City, Bob was self-employed as a family practice physician. He had an extremely busy practice and had little time away from work. Bob and Barbara made many life-long friends in Knox City. Bob eventually closed his practice in Knox City, and he taught at the University of Texas Family Practice residency program in Wichita Falls for five years. He finally retired at the age of 55 and he and Barbara returned home to Comanche County to live out their days.

Throughout his life, Bob was an avid golfer, fisherman and gardener. Bob played golf three times per week up until his death.

Bob is survived by two sons and a daughter and their spouses:John Mark Howell and wife Joy of Decatur; R. Michael Howell, MD and wife Jana of Fort Worth; and Kay Howell Rutherford and husband Jay of Aledo; also eight grandchildren: Kristen Howell Riches and husband Alan of Ruidoso; Casey Howell Yoesting and husband Tyler of Richardson; Collin Howell and wife Katie of Fort Worth; Cayla Howell of Fort Worth; Connor Howell of Fort Worth; Anne Rutherford Stephenson and husband Bryan of San Francisco; Audrey Rutherford, MD of Dallas; Ross Rutherford of Austin; andfour great grandchildren: James Riches, Ellis Riches, Miller Yoesting and Beck Howell.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, his parents J.P. Howell and Delia Lawless Howell; brothers James Howell and Bill Howell; granddaughter Ashley Rutherford; and grandson Boone Rutherford.

We wish to thank special friends Rick and Shirley Sanchez and Candy Meck Buckley for the loving care and attention they provided to Bob in his later years.

A celebration of life graveside service was held in De Leon Cemetery Saturday, Sept.4, 2021.If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Bob’s wife Barbara. Condolences may be offered online at

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