Leslie William Howard
March 6, 1927 – March 16, 2019
entered into eternal life on March 16, 2019, joining his beloved wife of
61 years, Kay Mathews, and his sister, Marion Howard.
He was born on March 6, 1927 in Ashland, the eldest of five children, to
the late Leslie A. and Margaret Howard. Les is survived by a loving
family: daughters Linda Juech (Tom) and Kyle; a son, Michael (Debra);
grandchildren Michelle Disterhaft (Derrick), Katie Reinke (Brad), Jayson
Howard (Julie) and Jaymie (fiancé Scott) Howard; great-grandchildren
Kaden and Mason Disterhaft, Ben Reinke, and Afton Howard; a brother, Bob
(Julie); sisters Shirley Davis and Geradine Randby (David); and numerous
other relatives. He loved spending time with his family and being
brought up-to-date regarding their ventures.
Les was a veteran, having served for three years in the Navy, and has
participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
After his tour of duty, he returned to Ashland and attended Northland
While at Northland College from 1948 to 1952, Les continued his interest
in playing basketball. He became the most prolific scorer in the
college’s history, setting a single- season scoring record of over 400
points and a fouryear record of over 1,500 points. He was the first
player to ever be named first-team all-conference all four years. On
Nov. 9, 1968, Les was inducted into the Northland College Hall of Fame.
After college he remained active in sports, playing “pot belly”
basketball and officiating WIAA football and basketball.
In 1958, the Howard family moved to West Bend, where for the next 26
years Les continued his career in education, teaching at McLane School,
Silverbrook Middle School, and from 1970 until he retired in 1986 as
principal at Badger Middle School. The Wisconsin Association for Middle
Level Education presented the Stoltenberg award to Les for his
outstanding leadership in middle school education, and he always said
that the award belonged to the dedicated staff at Badger as much as to
The family would like to thank all the friends and staff at the Cedar
Ridge complex, the New Perspective senior facility, and Allay Hospice
Services for the care and fellowship they shared with him.
Funeral services for Les will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22,
at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend,
WI 53095. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 3:00
p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to COLUMNS: The Les and Kay Howard
Scholarship, P.O. Box 397, West Bend, WI 53095, will be appreciated.
Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. For more
information, call 262-338-2050 or visit