Howard F. Larkins, 98

Howard F. Larkins, the son of Frank Larkins and Florence (Eickman) Larkins, was born September 17, 1923 in rural Belleville, Kansas, and passed away on January 3, 2022 in Aurora, Colorado, at the age of 98.
Howard grew up in rural Belleville, Kansas, on the family farm, graduating from Chester High School Chester, Nebraska. In his early years, he worked at the gas station in Chester and the port of entry.
He served with the U.S. Army during W.W.II in the European Theater, receiving the Purple Heart.
Following his discharge, he returned to the area and was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal service for many years until his retirement.
He was united in marriage to Ruby Shimic and to this union was born: Shelly, Darrell, and Larry. The couple made their home in Belleville and later Concordia, Kansas. She preceded him in death in 2008.
Howard was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Posts in Belleville, Kansas. He also was a member of the Coin Collectors Club. Howard liked antiques, rock hunting, and yard sales. He loved being with this family and his dogs.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; sons, Darrell in 1994 and Larry in 1988; two brothers, Max and Gene; and one sister, Pauline.
He is survived by one daughter, Shelly Larkins of Aurora, Colorado; grandchildren, Ryan Ford, Sherry Phillips, and Sandy Hendrix; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Cremation was selected and graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at the Chester Cemetery, Chester, Nebraska, with Pastor Brian Faust officiating.
Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Nebraska Military Honor Guard.
Friends may sign the register book at the graveside.
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Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas, is in charge of the arrangements.