Robert Frederick Howard

  • Born: April 18, 1938
  • Died: September 14, 2016
  • Location: Adrian, Michigan

Anderson Funeral Home

3050 W Beecher Rd
Adrian, MI 49221
Tel. (517) 265-3312

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Frederick Howard, age 78, of Adrian, died suddenly Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Toledo Hospital. He was born April 18, 1938 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to John Edward and Gladys Naomi (Knowles) Howard. He was married to Debbra Ann Sancrant in Ida, Michigan and she survives. He had been employed by the Summerfield Public Schools as a teacher for 42 years and the Lenawee County Sheriff's Marine Division for 30 years. He also coached boys' and girls' golf and boys' basketball. Bob was inducted in 2004 to the Adrian College Hall of Fame for basketball, tennis and golf and the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.
Bob is survived by his beloved family, wife Debbra; his children Kimberly (Bob) Cobb of Monroe, Jason (Mindy) of Adrian, Bryan (Kristen) of Adrian, Chris (Annie) of Adrian, and Nick (Michelle) of Hudsonville; grandchildren, Justin "Moe" Cobb, A.J., Brendan, Lauren, Carter, Cooper, Evelynn, Logan, Megan, Brock, Hazel "Amazing" Grace Howard; a great grandchild Hayden Cobb; several brother and sister in law's and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father in law; and his first wife Donna.
The Funeral Liturgy of the Word will be held Monday, September 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Deacon Leonard Brown officiating to be followed by cremation. Visitation will be held at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Monday from 10-10:45 a.m. to be followed by the service.
You may send condolences to the family at Bob was the first person to score a touchdown at Maple Stadium, therefore the family request memorial contributions be made to the Maple Stadium Improvement Project. Checks may be made to ASEF Maple Stadium Drive. Contributions may also be made to the Howard Family, checks may be made to Debbra Howard. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, MI.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bob was a good man! I am sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy!

Posted by Renee Diver - Adrian, MI - Friend   October 02, 2016

Deb, Kim and sons. So sorry to hear of Bob's passing he was such a wonderful husband and father. My sister Jackie hung around with Kim and I was always over to Judy Ray's house and remembering the good times we had. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Pam Flint Guistino - Onsted, MI - Friend   September 27, 2016

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Howard was my accounting teacher, my golf coach and most importantly my mentor and friend. He was a great person to be around and set the bar pretty high for the other teachers at Summerfield High School. I am sure that he is teeing it up every morning on a beautiful course in heaven. Rest in peace Mr. Howard. 1981 Graduate from Summerfield High School.

Posted by Terrence Grodi - Gloucester, VA   September 20, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many awesome memories of time with Bob, Deb, and Kim. All of my family had him as a teacher, or coach and a great mentor.
Karla Bocskay, Bob, Renee, Luke and Lee Larzelere

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2016

So sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mike Riley - Adrian, MI - Friend   September 19, 2016

I graduated in 1969. He was my favorite teacher and basketball coach. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with his family....

Posted by A friend   September 19, 2016


Was one of my favorite teachers at Summerfield! So sorry for your family's loss!

Posted by Megan Ford - PETERSBURG, MI   September 18, 2016

So sorry to hear about mr howard he was my favorite teacher in school. (I Graduated from summerfield In 73) He will be missed

Posted by Robert Bowman - Adrian, MI   September 18, 2016

Mr. Howard was one of our favorites at Lester's Diner. He will be incredibly missed by all of us. We love you Mr. Howard!!

Posted by Tracie Black - Adrian, MI   September 17, 2016

Bob Howard was a great teacher and a good man we all loved him at Summerfield High. I remember the summer's at the Lake when he was lake patrol for the sheriff department and he would stop by our cottage and visit for a while. Deb I am sorry for your loose my prayers are with you and your family. We all have a lot of get memories of Bob. He will be missed

Posted by Darlene Schadewald - Lexington, SC - Friend   September 16, 2016

Deb and Guys,
So sorry for your loss. We have lost a good, good man. The last ten years being his neighbor and friend I will always treasure. He was a "dandy", will miss him. Deb, you know where I live, just yell.

Posted by Steven McMullen - Adrian, MI   September 16, 2016

So sorry to hear the news Mr.Howard was a great teacher and will be sadly missed...Condolences to his family:(

Posted by William Kopke - Burkesville, KY - Student   September 16, 2016

Thoughts and Prayers to you all!! What a GREAT person, teacher.. I am soo Honored to have Mr Howard as a teacher back in the 70's...You, Mr Howard will Never be forgotten..R.I.P

Posted by Vicky Mcmillan - Luna Pier, MI - Student   September 16, 2016

Jason and Mindy, so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Suzanne Francoeur - MI - Family Friend   September 15, 2016

Thoughts and prayers to all who knew and cared for this awesome man. He certainly earned his angel wings.

Posted by Lois Kackley - Cape Coral, FL - Student   September 15, 2016


Debbra, so sorry to hear about Bob. You and your family are in my prayers. Karen Holeva Steih

Posted by Karen Holeva - Ypsilanti, MI - Classmate   September 15, 2016

Such a truly amazing man. He was by far my favorite teacher, we had many conversations about life and HS troubles and he always gave me the advice a father would. He left a lasting impression on everyone who was lucky enough to have him as a teacher/coach. I even remember him giving all the girls in class carnations one year. He was a man with such a big heart. His legacy will live on through all the lives he has touched. I wish your family comfort in this time.

Posted by Erin Kozina - Millbury, OH - Student   September 15, 2016


God's loving comfort & peace to all of you. He was Roger's favorite teacher. I had to pleasure of meeting him from my husband when we attended Jason's wedding. Find comfort in all the wonderful memories. Love, Roger & Jackie Garst

Posted by Jacqueline Garst - Petetsburg, MI - Student   September 15, 2016

I am so sad to hear about Bob's passing.I'm going to miss him teasing me when him and Deb came into the tea room for lunch.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Deb and family.

Posted by Nancy Butchart - Adrian, MI - Friend   September 15, 2016

Mr. Howard was always my favorite teacher in school and he truly cared about the well being and future of his students. He was a great teacher, an awesome coach, and a man with a big heart for those he came in contact with. Indeed we have lost a great man but forgotten he will never be. Thank you Bob for having an impact on my life and many others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie and all the family.

Posted by Larry Larzelere - Broken Arrow, OK - Friend   September 15, 2016

Mr. Howard was such a great teacher, mentor and coach. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jennifer Shea-Eastman - Lafayette, TN   September 15, 2016

Debbie, I never forgot you and Bob for all these years. Always glanced down the road I last knew you lived on when I drove by. By the sounds of his obituary you both had a full life together. May the memories of your life together bring your comfort during this sad time in your life. The best to you always. Tressie "Betz" Gurtzweiler

Posted by Tressie Gurtzweiler - Adrian, MI - Friend   September 15, 2016

He was one of my favorite teachers and my basketball coach. I also saw him at Deme Acres golf course often. He will be missed, what a great man. RIP Mr. Howard. Thoughts and prayers to his family. - Glenn Wagenknecht

Posted by Glenn Wagenknecht - Petersburg, MI - Friend   September 15, 2016

Prayers to the family.

Posted by Leo and Lora Lauver - Adrian, MI   September 15, 2016


I still remember him shamelessly beating me in Tic-Tac-Toe in front of the TV watching cartoons at your house. We are all thinking about you over here. Love you -Sarah, Brian and the kids

Posted by Sarah Stukey - Saline, MI - Friend   September 15, 2016

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