Feb 122013

James Russell “Jimmy” Howard, 81, of Chula Vista, California, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, after a lengthy illness. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Holbrook Cemetery. The Holbrook American Legion Post No. 37 Color Guard will be honoring Jimmy at the graveside.
He was born June 15, 1931.
Jimmy lived in Holbrook as a young man. He attended Holbrook schools in the 1940s and early ‘50s before volunteering for the U.S. Army in 1951. He served proudly during the Korean War.
After he returned home to Holbrook, Jimmy worked in the insurance business. He also was active in the sale of Native American jewelry. After moving to southern California, he was very successful in the automobile sales business before retiring a few years ago.
Survivors include his sons, Joseph Gross, Michael Gross and David Pena of California; and several cousins in Holbrook and Winslow. Jimmy will be missed by many, including some close friends, Armand Ortega of Lupton, Pat Parko of southern California, and Donald Layden and Marlin Gillespie of Holbrook.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marion Russell Howard; his mother, Nellie Lopez Anderson; and younger sister, Nelda Howard. Jimmy’s heritage stemmed from some of the earliest settlers of Holbrook, the Lopez family.James Howard