Maj. Wayne E. Howe, USAF (Ret.)

August 15, 2003

U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

Gulf War Veteran

MAJ. WAYNE E. HOWE, USAF (Ret.) – in Casselberry, Florida, formerly of Woburn, August 15th, age 46, beloved father of Wayne Howe of North Dakota, Chrissie and Melissa Howe, both of Florida, and grandfather of Abigail Howe of North Dakota. Loving son of the late Harry Howe and Marie Stellberger. Dear brother of Gail Howe and John and William Stellberger, all of Woburn, Virginia “Ginny” Ciampa of Wilmington, and Laurie Wilson of California. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.


Major Wayne E. Howe, brother of several Woburn residents, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Casselberry, Florida, on Friday, August 15th. He was 46 years of age.

He was born in Somerville on July 12th, 1957, son of the late Harry Howe and Marie Stellberger. He grew up in Medford and attended St. Francis of Assisi Grammer School through the eighth grade. Wayne was also an altar boy at St. Francis of Assisi Church and a member of the Boy Scouts there.

He graduated from Matignon High School in Cambridge with the Class of 1975. After high school, Wayne attended Suffolk University for one semester.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1976 as a law enforcement specialist. After three years in law enforcement, he cross-trained into the Air Weather Service, serving first as a weather observer, and later upgrading to weather forecaster at Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1983 and a Master of Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1996. He received his commission through Officer Training School in 1983, and completed Squadron Officer School in 1990, and Air Command and Staff College in 1996.

After receiving his commission, then Second Lieutenant Howe attended undergraduate pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas. Selected to fly the KC-135, Major Howe completed his course work at Castle AFB, California. He was then assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota, first as a co-pilot, and later as an aircraft commander.

In 1988, Major Howe was reassigned to the 380 Air Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, NY. Serving again as an aircraft commander, he participated in numerous contingencies, such as Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, and Restore Hope. While at Plattsburgh, Major Howe was also upgraded to instructor pilot, assigned as a flight commander, and selected as mission director of the Plattsburgh Tanker Task force.

In October 1994, he was assigned to the United States Air Force Battlestaff Training School as Chief, Tanker Branch, and then as Chief, Wing Operations.

Major Howe’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal.

He was honored with a retirement ceremony in September 1997, held at the USAF Battlestaff Training School in Florida.

Surviving are a son, Wayne Howe of North Dakota, two daughters, Chrissie and Melissa Howe, both of Florida, and a grandddaughter, Abigail Howe of North Dakota.

He also leaves three sisters, Gail Howe of Woburn, Virginia “Ginny” Ciampa of Wilmington, and Laurie Wilson of California, and two brothers, John and William Stellberger, both of Woburn.

Graveside services at Woodbrook Cemetery will be private.


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  1. Crewed with him in Plattsburgh and during the Gulf War. Good guy and friend. Saddens me to have learned of his passing so long after the fact. RIP my friend.

  2. wished I had been a “bigger” part of Wayne’s life…met during desert storm at Plattsburg AFB…basically in a cold and lonely place…not sure how we met…worked in the billeting office…all alone without family and friends…considered Wayne a friend who gave his precious time and attention to ask me “what’s up?”…Only God knew all of those details…basically became a “prayer warrior” asking God to end this war quickly so that I could get back to my family and friends in Tennessee having lived for over thirty years…wow…being away from home for over 4 months felt like I had died…what made it eaier was the people that offered time, as valuable as it is…Wayne even took us in a KC135 flt simulator…not knowing that my dad’s last plane he had flown on…he passed suddenly in 1971…I study the scripture routinely and know the truth that the “dead in Christ will rise first!”…comfort those with these words…1 Thessalonians ch 4 v.16-18…lovng others and the Lord is what I do best being a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors!!….God bless and I thank Wayne Howe from the bottom of my heart for taking time to cross my path…look forward to seeing you in heaven!!!may your family find comfort….as I have…..presently running a little cafe called the “Grapevine” hope to have a web page soon…Happy Valentines Day!!!I had prayed that God help me find this defining moment…knew that wayne had passed but did not have any other details and today God directed my steps which saddens me waiting for that “great” reunion can be so hard sometimes to see our loved ones again!!!with God there are NO barriers between believers!!!’till we meet again!!!I will be telling others about JESUS CHRIST, son of the one true GOD…being led by the HOLY SPIRIT…

  3. To the Family of Wayne Howe:

    It is with great sadness that I have learned of Wayne’s passing away. Wayne and I shared so many good memories. Wayne was such a good person, he loved to laugh. All the nights we spent just playing cards…God he loved cards. Wayne was always so proud, he had all the right to be. His career, his flying, but most importandly, his children. I remember his teasing with the children and I remember his face lithing up when he first saw his grandaughter Abigail.

    Wayne had a heart of gold and I know he gave me all he had and all his love. For that I will always be greatful that he was in my life.

    My mother, who is with me in FL and the rest of my family are sending our deepest sympathy. Wayne will be missed. Love Marie

  4. Lisa Leone-Campbell and Michael Campbell

    I just read the notice of Wayne’s passing. I am so sorry for you and your family. I just want you to know I am thinking of you all and of all the fun times! and praying for you all during this sad time.

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