Howard E. Litaker, Sr.
May 2, 1943 - August 28, 2011
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Howard E. Litaker Sr., 68, of Benton Harbor, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma where visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Those wishing to leave an online message of comfort for the family may do so by using the "Guestbook" link located on this page.

Howard was born May 2, 1943 in Mountain View, Arkansas to Jake and Viola (Burrow) Litaker. He married Carol Johnson on February 15, 1964. Howard was formally employed by Whirlpool Corporation and was a self employed auto mechanic. He enjoyed auto racing, bowling, and especially spending time with his grand-children and great grand-children.

Howard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol, his mother Viola Litaker of St Joseph, 2 sons Howard (Jody) Litaker Jr. of Berrien Springs and Chuck Litaker of Benton Harbor; 2 daughters Tammy Lynch of Benton Harbor and Vicki (Rod) Pletz of Sister Lakes; five brothers Charles (Nancy) Litaker of Texas, Ronnie (Wanda) Litaker of Watervliet, Roger (Darlene) Litaker of Benton Harbor, Mike (Jean) Litaker of Watervliet, and Terry (Kathy) Litaker of Watervliet; one sister, Wanda (Len) Robbins of Berrien Springs; eight grandchildren Erica (Tyler) Kirksey, Tim and Jeremy Pletz, Ashley and Chelsey Lynch, Britney (Matt) Sullivan and Justin and Cameron Litaker and three great grand-children, McKenna and Emma Kirksey, and Kylie Lynch. Howard is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded by his father, Jake and a son in law Jim Lynch, Jr..

Celebration of Life Service

Thursday September 1, 2011, 11:00 am at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home
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Burial will follow in North Shore Memory Gardens


Wednesday August 31, 2011, 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home
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