Robert Lyle Howser

December 21, 2010

By Contributor

Robert Howser

Robert Lyle Howser, of Issaquah, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. He was 80.

There will be no formal services — the family chooses to remember him in a private celebration of his often hilarious life and love.

The son of Russell and Hazel Howser, of Urbana Ill., he was born in Urbana on Aug. 7, 1930. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1948, and attended the University of Illinois for one semester. Mr. Howser served in the Illinois National Guard and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, during the Korean War.

He married Nancy Ann Paris, also of Urbana, on March 14, 1954. They moved to North Carolina and then to South Miami, Fla., where he completed a degree in business at the University of Miami in 1957. He later completed a master’s degree in adult education at Washington State University.

Mr. Howser worked in private industry before moving in 1963 to Ellensburg, where he became director of staff personnel for Central Washington State College. In 1974, he and his family moved to Clarkston, Wash./Lewiston, Idaho, where he opened and managed the Clarkston Branch of Walla-Walla Community College. In 1982, he accepted a position with Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston as director of college programming.

He retired in 1989 to manage his investments and enjoy travels that included sailing, zip lining and bicycling through many European, Central American and Far East countries with his wife Nancy.

He was president of both the Ellensburg Kiwanis Club and the Clarkston Rotary Club, and was active in many professional groups.

Survivors include his wife Nancy, of Issaquah; his children Erin Dodson (Layne), of Boise, Idaho, Rus Howser (Yasuko), of Tokyo, Japan, Brie Ventre (Joel), of Sammamish, and Colin Howser (Genny), of Bellingham; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his brother Wayne Howser (Marian), of Portage, Mich.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at

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