History & Staff

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Mortuary

Our History

The Howe Family has been associated with funeral service since 1898 and in ownership of their family firm since l909.

Albert Edward Howe, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, spent his early years in the home of his uncle's family following the deaths of his parents. Seeking the dry climate of the West and relief from tuberculosis, he came to Denver in 1889. At the age of 21, he settled on a homesteaded ranch in North St. Vrain Canyon, near Lyons.

In 1887, A.E. married Lura McFadden at the Stone Church in Lyons. Miss McFadden's father, a civil engineer, had helped build the railroad west. He had brought his family to Colorado in a covered wagon and they lived in Denver while he completed work on the railroad. The family then moved to Lyons.

An active Republican, A.E. began taking part in community and county affairs as a member of the Lyons Town Council, a member of the School Board, and later as a Deputy County Assessor. In l904 he was elected County Assessor, and won reelection two years later.

He had shown interest in the funeral business as a young man and had assisted F.J. Bucheit, an undertaker in Boulder. After completing his second term as County Assessor in early 1909, A.E. moved his family to Boulder and entered the undertaking business with Benjamin A. Holley. The partners purchased the interests of Mr. Bucheit and operated a mortuary under the name Holley and Howe on the main floor of the Odd Fellows Lodge Building at 16th and Pearl.

A.E. Howe was first elected Boulder County Coroner in 1914 and served until 1934.

In 1919, A.E. purchased Place's Sanitarium at 2121 Broadway (then 12th Street), across the alley from the First Congregational Church (which still stands to this day). The building had been constructed by W.P. Sale and was used as a hotel for many years prior to being converted to a sanitarium by Dr. O.G. Place. He converted the building to use as a mortuary, with upstairs living quarters for his wife, Lura, and their family which now included four daughters, Alberta, Virginia, Rose, Emma, and four sons Norman, George, Theodore and Carl.

In 1922, the Howes constructed a new building at the corner of 11th and Spruce, which was specially built for the exclusive purpose and requirements of mortuary operations. The old building on Broadway was razed in 1965 to make way for a City parking lot.

In 1925, A.E.'s son, George, joined the firm, followed a year later by Norman. Carl and Ted would later begin working at the firm.

In 1935, George succeeded his father as County Coroner. He would hold the office until l954. Norman would hold the office of Coroner from 1954-70, replaced by his nephew William "Bill", who would preside as coroner from 1970-86. In total, the Howes would effectively operate the coroner's office for 74 continuous years, before the Boulder County's growth demanded a more progressive medical examiner system led by Dr. John Meyer.

A.E. Howe would die in 1944 at the age of 75.

In l945, George W. Howe moved to Longmont and purchased the Shaw Mortuary. He retained his interest in the Boulder location, but Norman became the manager. After returned from serving overseas during WWII, Ted left the mortuary business to become a partner with Sturtz-Copeland Florist. Carl remained with the mortuary until his death in l960.

In 1958, George's sons, George W. Howe, Jr. and William B. Howe, and Norman's son, Darrell Howe, completed mortuary school and joined the family firm. George Jr. took over responsibilities for Longmont and purchased the operation later that year. William started working in Boulder, where he would become a partner. At the same time Norman and Darrell bought the Henning Mortuary in Lafayette-Louisville, which Darrell would operate.

In 1977, Geoffrey W. Howe would join his father, George Jr., as the fourth generation to represent the organization. After completing his mortuary school requirements and securing his Colorado Mortuary Science license, he would become manager and purchase the business from his parents in 1986. Geoffrey attempted to purchase Darrell Howe Mortuary, Lafayette and Howe Mortuary, Boulder in 1990 and 1992, respectively. However, a large acquisition company thwarted both deals in the latter stages of negotiations. Geoffrey remains owner of the Howe Mortuary, Longmont.

Over the years, members of the Howe family have been active contributors to each of communities in which they've been a part. Collectively, the Howes have served in numerous capacities and volunteer positions including Boulder County Fair Chairman, Longmont United Hospital Board, YMCA Board President, Kiwanis & Rotary Presidents, Elks Exalted Ruler, Chamber of Commerce Board and Masonic Lodge. Each of the Howe family's four generations has had the honor of serving as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association.

The Howe family continues their longstanding tradition of investing in their community and their operations with improvements in staffing, facilities and options for families. And in this age of giant funeral service conglomerates, Geoffrey Howe and his staff continue to provide the highest level of personal and professional service in the area. Many families from Nederland to Boulder, Lyons to Frederick and from Berthoud to Superior continue to entrust their arrangements to the Howe family.

"Our Family Serving Yours - Four Generations"

Our Valued Staff

  • Geoff Howe

    Geoff Howe, Funeral Director

    Length of Employment: Since 1980

    Experience:
    Served a year apprenticeship from 1978-79. Joined the funeral home in 1980 as a licensed funeral director, becoming manager in 1981. Have been an owner in the firm since 1986. Education- Graduated from Longmont High School. Attended Texas Lutheran University and graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, in 1980.

    Personal:
    Married to my lovely wife, Janet. Most of our free time can be found following my son Andrew's academic and athletic pursuits. We all enjoy golfing, snow skiing, road and mountain biking, hiking, reading and I make a weak attempt at learning to play the "Blues" on the electric guitar.

    Community Involvement-Have enjoyed being involved in many community roles, including boards on non-profit, business and services organization.

  • Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson, Managing Funeral Director

    Length of Employment: Since 2007

    Eric has lived in the Longmont area for most of his life. Born in Boulder, he attended elementary school there until moving to Longmont in the mid 80’s. He attended Northeast Junior High, and then Skyline High School.

    Eric showed an interest in the funeral industry at a young age. He started washing cars at Howe Mortuary while still in junior high. After high school he went to work for a major funeral home in Denver working in their care center. Growing up Eric also had a passion for trucking. After leaving the funeral industry he went on to haul everything from aggregate to some of the largest equipment made. He also hauled many pieces for windmills all over the United States. After a 15 year career he decided to return to funeral service.

    Eric lives in Longmont with his Fiancé Christy, kids Blake and TJ, and their dogs Bubba and Karma. In his free time he enjoys watching the kids play sports, boating, camping, and playing fast pitch softball. Eric also loves coaching baseball. He has coached baseball locally for the past few years.

    Eric brings his care and compassion to the families he serves in the community he loves.

  • Patrick Atencio

    Patrick Atencio, Funeral Director

    Length of Employment: March, 2014

    Experience:
    Patrick graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1986. After passing the National Board and the California State Board, he moved back to Colorado and was hired by Swan-Law Funeral Directors in Colorado Springs where he worked for 22 years. In addition to being a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, he is also a Colorado Mortuary Science Practitioner and has been an active member of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association since 1987. In 1996 (while continuing his position as a Funeral Director) Patrick joined DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team- a division of FEMA and DHHS) as a Mortuary Officer. In this role, Patrick has helped in the recovery and identification efforts during 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earthquake, and the Joplin Tornado as well as many airline disasters and other mass fatality incidents. He continues to respond whenever the need or situation arises.

    Personal:
    Patrick is a Longmont native. After graduation from Longmont High School, he attended Colorado State University ultimately transferring to the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. After 22 years working at Swan-Law, Patrick began the most important role in his life as a stay-at-home Dad for his beautiful little girl, Francesca. In January of 2010, he relocated to the Broomfield area. In the Spring of 2014 Francesca began her first full-time kindergarten year. Subsequently, Patrick joined Howe Mortuary.

    Patrick enjoys spending time and traveling with Francesca. His hobbies include golf and photography and is a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and New York Yankees. In his spare time Patrick is also a model with Donna Baldwin Agency in Denver.

    Patrick and Francesca currently live in the Vista Ridge subdivision of Erie, CO.

  • Barb Weber

    Barb Weber, Business Support Administrator

    Barb (Jessen) Weber is a Colorado native, born in Greeley, moving to Longmont in 1955. She attended Mountain View Elementary School, Longmont Jr. High and graduated from Longmont High School in 1970. She joined the Howe Mortuary staff in 1994 after raising a family and working for the City of Longmont for almost ten years. Barb had a lifelong interest in funeral service, fostered by her father who had that interest as well. After the loss of her son Adam in 1992, Barb decided it was time to pursue a career in funeral service because she wanted to be able to offer comfort and a kind word to those who’d experienced a similar loss. Barb is the business support administrator and is the first person anyone talks to when they call or come through the door.

  • Shera Quincannon

    Shera Quincannon, Crematory Specialist

    Shera is a Longmont native. After completing her education, she began working in the health care industry, working at a number of health care centers prior to making the decision to attend Arapahoe Community College and pursue a degree in Mortuary Science. She has been with Howe for several years and is now our full time crematory operator.

  • Christy  Angevine

    Christy Angevine, Support Staff

    Christy is a Longmont native that was raised on a farm on the northeast side of town. She attended Mead Elementary, Mead Middle School and Skyline High School. Christy started her career in funeral service after a long career in fleet sales with Fisher Honda in Boulder.

    Christy lives in Longmont with her Fiance, Eric, children TJ and Blake, as well as their two dogs. She enjoys reading, snowboarding, walks with the dogs, and pinteresting.

  • Ginger  Brown

    Ginger Brown, Support Staff

  • Chuck Bowland

    Chuck Bowland, Support Staff

    Length of Employment: Since 2001

    Experience:
    Chuck Bowland is a native of Colorado. He was born, raised, and taught for many years in Wray, CO. He decided to change careers and completed the mortuary program at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO. He passed the national board exam given by The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and holds a Mortuary Science Practitioner certificate from the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Chuck has worked at mortuaries in Wray and Burlington, CO and for the Howe Mortuaries in Longmont, Lafayette, and Boulder.

    Chuck is married to Joyce, a retired teacher. Joyce's family has lived in Longmont for over thirty years. He has two children, Allyson and Tim.

    Personal:
    Chuck and Joyce are active in their church, participating in the choir and serving in church leadership. Chuck and Joyce enjoy traveling, taking cruises and spending time with family.

  • Ron Knopp

    Ron Knopp, Support Staff

    Ron is a second-generation Colorado native, born in Ft. Collins. Ron graduated from Longmont High School and enjoyed a 37-year career with the United States Postal Service. Ron was Longmont’s first letter carrier to deliver mail via bicycle.
    In addition to his Postal career Ron has been a part time licensed Funeral Director helping families in their time of need since 1994.
    Ron has served on the board of directors for the Longmont Humane Society, and the Longmont Emergency unit, serving as Deputy Chief. Ron currently serves on the board of directors for the Longmont Learning Center of Human Anatomy.
    Ron is an avid long-distance cyclist and a part time bicycle mechanic.
    Ron has been married to Nicki since 1973 and has a daughter and son-in-law living nearby.


  • Jennifer  Pierce

    Jennifer Pierce, Support Staff

    Jennifer was born and raised in Longmont, joining the Howe Mortuary team in 2010. She has spent fifteen years in nursing and brings that experience, care and compassion with her. Her friendliness and upbeat personality make everyone feel welcome and valued. Jennifer is married to Shawn, a Longmont firefighter, and together they have raised 5 daughters.

  • Bonnie Stephens

    Bonnie Stephens, Kitchen Angel

  • Connie Wills

    Connie Wills, Pre Planning and Aftercare Counselor