Rex Howard was a hard-working man who wanted the best for his children, said his daughter, Rachael Howard.
“He always wanted the best for me, and wanted me to work hard and stay in school,” she said.
Rex Howard, 74, of Valparaiso, died Nov. 15. He was the owner of Rex Howard Construction, and once he retired, he had a deer processing business.
He was a 1957 graduate of Grovertown High School and attended Valparaiso University. He excelled as an athlete, and played basketball, baseball and ran track. He also enjoyed golf and playing horseshoes, his daughter said.
In 2012, he and his brothers were inducted into the Oregon-Davis High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
He loved to go to Florida to visit his brother and go fishing, and he loved to go to the casinos with his long-time partner, Sharon Tesh.
He had many friends, his daughter said, and enjoyed spending time with them.
Rachael Howard said her father was the kind of man who would always go out of his way to help anyone in need.
“He was a really good friend,” she said. “He would do anything to help anyone out. If you needed something, he was there. He didn’t ask questions, he just tried to do what he could to help.”