Howard P. Schuster, 93, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.
A private graveside burial service for both Howard and Delpha will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Earlville. Formal public services will be held at a later date.
Howard was born May 26, 1927, in Bernard, the son of John H. and Anna (Takes) Schuster. He married Delpha Smith Oct. 9, 1948, in Fort Dodge. He served in the Merchant Marines as a radio operator, and had a 40 year career at Crescent Electric.
Howard was a great storyteller which translated into a position as the author and editor of the Our Family Matters Newsletter. He enjoyed the outdoors, often going fishing and sharing a mean martini around the campfire.
Survivors include his children: Randall (Debbie) Schuster of North Buena Vista, Michele (John) McNulty of Ireland, Mary (Darrel) Willadsen of Oregon, Wis., and Pam (Tony) Ostwinkle of Edgewood; 15 grandchildren: Erin Gilbertson, Abby Turner, Jill Harron, Samson Butler, Daniel Butler, Frances McNulty, Emma McNulty, Erin Duggan Hoeger, Rachel Mueller, Chelsea Willadsen, Callie Ostwinkle, Lillian Ostwinkle, Elsie Ostwinkle, Sarah Ostwinkle, Benjamin Ostwinkle; 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Marie Schuster of Dyersville; son-in-law, Dean Butler of Dubuque; in-laws: Phyllis (Bob) Schumacher, Paul (friend Judy) Smith, Ramona Smith and Bill Hotek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delpha, earlier this year; children: Mark Schuster and Patricia Butler; siblings: Francis “Jake” Schuster (first wife, Marge, second wife, Lorraine), Joseph Schuster, Wilfred (Betty) Schuster, Melvin Schuster and Earl Schuster; in-laws: Leland Smith, Vincent (Rosanne) Smith, Pauline Hotek and Dennis (Voya) Smith.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com. Cards for the Schuster family may be mailed to Kramer Funeral Home, ATTN: Howard Schuster family, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.