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Updated: 04/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Philip G. Howell

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Philip G. “Phil” Howell, 82, of Englewood, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Englewood.

He was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Arlington, Mass., the son of Franklin and Doris Howell.

Phil served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 32 years, retiring in 1987. He had a beautiful bass baritone voice, and enjoyed singing and performing in amateur theatre groups. Phil was a soloist and sang in choirs since he was a child. He was always ready with a joke or two.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Donna (Clifford) Widmer and Wendy Fuentes; two sons, Wayne and Glenn; stepdaughter, Carol (William) Richards; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Englewood United Methodist Church, 100 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Englewood United Methodist Church Music Fund; or Tidewell Hospice, 12034 N. Access Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33981. You may express your condolences to the family at

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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