Howie, R. Chris

2013-06-14T03:00:00Z Howie, R. Chris Rapid City Journal

HERMOSA | R. Chris Howie, 60, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his home after a five-year battle with cancer.

Roland “Chris” Howie was born May 1, 1953, to Roland F. Howie and Laura “Ethel” Pittman. He lived in the Plainview/Sturgis area until moving to Rapid City. In December 1971, he married Kathy J. Embree in Rapid City. They lived in the surrounding area for 42 years. Chris was a superb carpenter, business man, rancher and hunter. He loved building houses, archery, rifle hunting, working the ranch, and most of all playing with his grandchildren.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; nephews, Matthew Embree and Allen Howie; father-in-law, Robert Embree; and son-in-law, Nick Gunter.

Chris is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their two children: son, Darin (Kristi) and four grandchildren, Sierra, Cord, Kyrst, and Kenzlee, and daughter, Christy (Pat) Iverson and grandson, Hayden, of Hastings, MN; brothers Gary (Trish), and Gordon (Connie); sisters, Jean (Al) Croyle, Kathy (David) Ellis and Karen (Joel) Tesch; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Donna R. Embree; brothers-in-law David (Jan) and Bob (Cheryl); and sister-in-law, Connie Whiting. He is also survived by a very special little lady who was very dear to his heart, Kayla Rose Owen (Rory).

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday June 15, at Kirk Funeral Home with the Rev. Roland “Chip” Denief officiating. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at the White Owl Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Family and friends may sign Chris’ online guestbook at

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