Howard Ervin Mess Sr., 74
April 24, 1943 — Dec. 2, 2017

Howard “Howie” Ervin Mess Sr., of Menomonee Falls, 74, passed away Dec. 2, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 24, 1943, in Milwaukee to Henry and Lucinda (nee Oppermann) Mess. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School Class of ’61. Howard married Linda Jean (nee Baldwin) Mess on Sept. 21, 1973.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Dec. 1, 1964, served in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1966. He retired in 1997 from A.O. Smith, Corp. after 33 years. Howie raced the dirt tracks of Hales Corners, Cedarburg, Slinger, Shawano, and De Pere, among other tracks occasionally. He was a track welder for Slinger Super Speedway for more than 45 years. He also enjoyed working on various welding projects and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Tami (Darrell) De Ridder, Howard “Bugs” (Sarah) Mess Jr., and Lisa (Bob) Brown; grandchildren, Zachary, Samantha, and Nathan De Ridder, Cole Beimborn, Benjamin and Mackenzie Mess, and Tucker Brown; siblings, Nancy Mess, Will (Mary) Mess, Cheryl (Jack) Meyer Sr. and Fred (Alberta) Mess; mother-in-law, Betty Baldwin; siblings-in-law, Chris (Dennis) Stanislowski, Mark (special friend Carolyn Schatz) Baldwin, Robin (Bob) Dumouchel and Cathy (Chad) Johnson; special friend, Jon “Jack” Brandt; and his lab, Izzy. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Howie is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin; father-in-law, Jim Baldwin; and special friends, Jim “Red” Michaelsen and Bernie Flood.

The funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend) with the Rev. Jeffrey Berg presiding. The visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 8, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 6:30 p.m. Interment will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Pinelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church and School (1526 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901-2721).

The family would like to express a special thank you to Drs. Jeffrey Jackson and Mark Kaeppler and the patient care staff of 5C North at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, and also to Jaimie and Michael of Compassionate Care Hospice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or