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Howard Arthur Ladd
  • February 10, 1918
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  • May 31, 2017

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1918 – 2017


Howard Arthur Ladd was taken into the arms of the Lord on May 31st, 2017.  Howard, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born on February 10, 1918 in Amity Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania.  He is survived by Louise Triscuit Ladd, his loving wife of more than 76 years; two daughters – Bonnie Aquino (Pat) of The Villages, Florida and Sally Ladd of Silver Spring, Maryland; two grandchildren – Angela Koelsch (Bernie) of Silver Spring, MD and Paschal Aquino III of Orlando, FL; four great-grandchildren – Madeline and Marisa of Orlando, FL and Josephine and Sophia of Silver Spring, MD.  He is also survived by a brother – Lyle Ladd, and two sisters – Dorothy Watrous and Eleanor McIntyre- all of Corry, PA.

A longtime member of the International Association of Machinists and Aero Space Workers, Howard built components for aircraft engines during World War II while working at Aero Supply Manufacturing Company in Corry, PA.  He retired from the General Electric Company in Erie, PA in 1985.  Subsequent to that Howard worked at the Corry Auto Dealers Exchange until 2010.

Howard was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elgin, PA for over 80 years, serving in several leadership positions.  Examples of his civic mindedness are being a founding member of the Elgin-Beaverdam Volunteer Hose Company, serving on the Corry Area School Board for over twenty years, and acting as a Judge of Elections for several years.  Memorials may be sent to The United Methodist Church of Elgin, PO Box 4, Elgin, PA 16413, or to The Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd, Tavares, FL, 32778-9648.


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  1. Richard Ladd says:
    06 Jun 2017
    Uncle Howard was a well respected, hard working, community minded man. Someone to be proud of.

  2. Robbie & Liz Wetmore says:
    05 Jun 2017
    As a child growing up around Elgin, Howard was always there. If we were having problems with the water well at the church (it never worked) he was on top of it. When the church got its first indoor bathroom (in the back of the furnace room, where my pre-school Sunday school class was) he was fixing it. The church lawn was always, always, always neatly mowed and trimmed (along with the roadside rest and the much newer park, among other places)--all because of him. As I grew up in the Elgin-Beaverdam fire hall, Howard was always there—turkey raffles, bingo, pancake suppers, building the new building, buying new equipment or volunteering at our fireman’s big food tent at the Wattsburg Fair. He constantly gave me rides to and from our farm (we were a mile away from Elgin). You could catch me, bicycle laying at the roadside, enjoying the annual peonies or freshly-planted flowers at the Ladd house—the love, care and thoughtfulness of Howard Ladd is a permanent part of my life, part of whom I am. Thank you, Howard, for all you did. My great-aunt Mable (Wetmore) and great Uncle Charlie are surly hand-in-hand and smiling with you as you look down on a beautiful world that your gentle touch helped nurture. For many generations. God bless you and your family. The Wetmore side of the family sends our love. --Robbie

  3. Mary Ann Ladd says:
    05 Jun 2017
    Aunt Louise, Sally, Bonnie & Family,
    We want to extend our deepest sympathies on the death of Uncle Howard. He was such a kind and gentle man. I so enjoyed the opportunity to visit with him and Louise when I was in the Corry area. I remember at one visit, we had both recently acquired new vehicles and we spent part of the visit comparing them. He quipped that he thought my little Nissan cube would fit quite nicely in the back of his new van, for use as a spare.

    I was so touched when he traveled with Pete and Eleanor for my dad’s funeral, and I know it meant a great deal to my mother.

    I remember his deep faith, his love of gardening, and his pride in his family. He was not a boastful man, but his eyes would brighten whenever the conversation turned to his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    You will be in our thoughts in the coming days.

    Mary Ann & Peggy

  4. Pat Ley says:
    03 Jun 2017
    In my mind Uncle Howard, Grandma, Grandpa, Dad, Aunt Ginny,Uncle Bob and Uncle Pete and Uncle Hubert are all sitting around a living room in heaven having one of those nearly wordless wonderful Sunday afternoon visits.

  5. Pat Ley says:
    03 Jun 2017
    Such a quiet and gentle man. He was always very thoughtful before he spoke, and you knew that what he said was absolutely correct. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  6. Lila says:
    03 Jun 2017
    Grandpa Ladd will always be remembered for his gentle kindness. A faithful, quiet man who was dedicated to his family and community. Grandpa Ladd loved cars and always appreciated a nice dessert, or sweet treat. His devotion to Grandma Ladd was as deep and strong as his desire to be close to God.

    So many have been blessed by knowing Grandpa, I am especially grateful to have had him in my life and the lives of my daughters, his great-granddaughters, Madeline and Marisa.

    Thoughts and prayers to Grandma, the Aquinos, Koelschs, and Ladds.

  7. Kimberly Shoe says:
    03 Jun 2017
    Indeed Howard is in the arms of our Lord! I pray that your family finds comfort in knowing he is in the presence of Jesus.
    Not knowing Howard personally but only through Sally's stories and memories, I know he was a loving father, faithful servant and strong yet gentle man. I am sorry for your loss and I will be praying for your family.

  8. Beverly Ballog says:
    02 Jun 2017
    Memories of Uncle Howard always go back to my childhood. He was strong mentally I always felt because of his faith in God. He was quiet, reserved and very smart. He was a man I look up to and respected. I know he will always be in Elgin at least in my mind.

  9. Maddie says:
    02 Jun 2017
    Great Grandpa was always an example of kindness and faith. He was patient and put up with 4 crazy great granddaughters running around with grace. I'll miss being greeted by his smile.

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