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.