March 17, 1957 – December 31, 2021
Mike Howatt passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 following a brave battle with cancer. He was the loving son of Dorothy and Leroy “Bud” Howatt, beloved brother of Donald (Christine) Howatt and Lori Hubbard, devoted uncle of Kimberly Dienhart, Tracy (Travis) Reichter, Kelly Howatt, Paul Howatt, Riley Hubbard, and Ramsey Hubbard, great uncle of Niyla, Quinn and Jackson Reichter and loyal companion of Mary Kay Scully.
Mike was a successful marketing executive, avid sports and science fiction fan, children’s book author, horse racing enthusiast and benefactor of several children’s and animal charities. Most important, he was faithful to his many friends and extended family members.
A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date.
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Mike was such a nice guy. Went to Bremen with Mike. So sorry for your loss.
Phillip Lach , Naperville Illinois
I was sorry to hear of Mikes passing but grateful that I got the opportunity to share some adventures with him on my own life’s journey. My deepest sympathy to his brother Don and all who crossed paths with him. During his short life .
LAUREL J STALEY
We are so saddened by Mike’s passing. He was our great friend for over a half century. Throughout high school and our adult life, Mike was always there making everyone laugh with his funny comments and wry outlook on life. He retold stories of his various (mis)adventures in a way that made us laugh at the frustrations and minor disappointments in life. He was also a friend who was there to help and support us when life took a serious turn. He was a wonderful person and a great friend and we will always miss him.
Tom and Laurel Staley
Very nice, Laurel and Tom. Kathleen and I will miss him terribly. I knew him for 45 years, Kath for 30. We too shared many events and adventures, and enjoyed his quips and commentaries. Thanks for sharing your remembrances.
Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Michael greatly impacted my life with his unconditional love and friendship. I truly will miss his dry humor and will always love him dearly from the depths of my soul.
I feel as if we lost the matriarch of our family and my heart is broken. New Years Eve has new meaning. I don’t believe he could have picked a better date for us to honor his legacy. Cheers Michael❣😘
Mike got to share in a close bond originating out of common interests with his brother Don. As Mike’s journey continues on a new path, the loss felt memorializes the great family bonds, interpersonal connections, strength, and love within the Howatt family. Mike will be remembered.
Living out of state for years and not returning to Chicago as much as I might have liked, I didn’t see Mike as often as many of you. Yet, my memories of him are as vivid as ever and always make me smile. I know how much he loved his family and friends and was loved in return. Flights of angels are waiting for you, Mike.
Just read of Mike’s passing…so very sorry for your loss. I saw Mike on occasion when I worked as Dorothy’s secretary in St. Charles. He was so nice and I always saw how much he loved his family.