Howard Henry Sjogren, of Evanston, IL; Columbia, MO; Arlington Hts., IL and many other homes in Virginia, Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska peacefully left the planet on May 9. Howard proudly defended his country in WWII, commanding a minesweeper in the Pacific. Loving husband of the late Willa Jean (nee Ramsay). Loyal father of Dave (Lisa) Sjogren; Craig (Paula) Sjogerman; adoring grandfather of Missy, Chris, Zoe, Quinn, Griffin, Abby & Tessa; devoted brother of Doug (Joyce) Sjogren, and the late LaDonna (Philip) Lindblom and Maureen (Bud) Cederburg. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Howard believed in hard work, loyalty, self-reliance, and in his family. He was a talented athlete, competing at track, basketball, baseball and football. After Howard left the US Navy he became an inspiring coach, mathematics teacher and high school principal in Nebraska. In Arlington Hts he was a motivational Little League coach taking the Braves to the City Championship with son Dave at first base. In Illinois he began a career in crop insurance, rising to a high level in the US Dept. of Agriculture, moving to Washington DC and later to Columbia, Missouri. Howard and his wife, Willa Jean, created marvelous gardens together in Missouri. He was a brilliant card player, a bridge savant, a lover of classical music, and could drive a golf ball straight and true. He made a mean martini. Howard Henry was tough, honest, loyal, and quick to express pride in his loved ones. Howard was the type of person to come through with compassion and common sense in a crisis. He did not believe in complaining. His sense of fairness, generosity, and dry humor will live on in his children and his children’s children. Services will be held on Monday, May 19, at 1:00pm at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Seasons Hospice, seasonsfoundation.org/donate/.
“To be able to do something well is the surest way to have fun.” –Howard H. Sjogren’s Basketball Manual