Kevin Dean Howerton, age 50, of Gas, passed away March 5, 2019, at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Kevin was born Aug. 20, 1968 in Iola, to Gary Howerton and Sharon (Damron) Weide.
Kevin graduated from Iola High School in 1986. During high school and after he graduated he worked for Ken’s Pizza for many years. He most recently worked for HBD/Thermoid in Chanute.
Kevin and Ronna (Cannon) Howerton became best friends in 1988 and wed on Oct. 21, 2006, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Ronna was blessed with three children from a previous marriage, that Kevin loved and helped take care of as his own. Following his son Craig’s diagnosis of NF2, Kevin was a major support in his life, never missing a doctor’s appointment or a surgery. Kevin was always a pillar of strength over the years helping with the battle of Craig and Ronna’s NF2 difficulties. Craig lives by the motto “Never Give Up” and Kevin never let him forget that.
Kevin was well known for his love of grilling and smoking meats. He really enjoyed cooking for his family. Kevin was an avid sports fan and liked watching the KU basketball team, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders, and the Kansas City Royals. When the Chiefs and Raiders played against each other it was a house divided, but always an enjoyable time for Kevin and Ronna to cheer on their teams. Kevin enjoyed playing cards. He looked forward to his yearly anniversary trip to the casino with his wife. Since getting Maggie as a puppy a year ago, he couldn’t wait to get home from work or running errands, to be greeted by his favorite little girl. After they all shared supper with each other, Maggie would sit in Kevin’s lap and they would enjoy watching TV together. Kevin loved his family very much and his grandkids were his world.
Kevin was always kind, caring and giving to others. Even after passing, Kevin continued to give to others by being an organ donor.
Kevin was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents Bill and Lillian Howerton and Shirden and Cassie Damron; one infant brother Russell Howerton; and several aunts and uncles.
Kevin is survived by his wife Ronna; one daughter Lisa Cloud and fiancée Brett Erickson of Gas; two sons, Jason Cloud of Houston, Texas, and Craig Cloud of the home; seven grandchildren, Blake, Hunter, Tristan, and Kyler Mittelmeier, Beau Erickson, and Caiden and Korbin Cloud; two brothers, Andy Weide and Felicia Feneck of Gas, Chris Weide and wife Naomi of Iola; one sister, Sarah Weide of Gas; four nieces, one nephew, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation for Kevin will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Venue. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 1883 US-Hwy 54 Iola. Burial will follow in the Gas City Cemetery.
Memorials in honor of Kevin are suggested to the Neurofibromatosis “NF2” Network, and can be left at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.