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In loving memory of
Ronald Keith Howard II
  • April 22, 1982
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  • November 05, 2022

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Keith was born April 22, 1982, in Ironton, Ohio. He was so full of life, light and love that he never met a

stranger. Keith had a special personality where each of us who were with him though we were his

favorite. Whatever the relationship, parent, sibling, child, or friend, he made us feel special when we were

with him.

 

Always the clown, Keith’s 11th grade English teacher named him the class poet laureate for his poem

entitled “Hair Weave.” He sat behind a young lady in class with a weave and was thus inspired to write

about it. That was Keith. Who could stay mad, right?

 

Keith loved his four children, Blaze, Jaden, Legacy, and Madilyn, (all of Sarasota, FL) more than anything

in this world. Keith also loved music, so he and Jaden created a recording studio where he could

continuously record rhymes, bringing together two things that he loved so much – music and his children.

Keith loved deeply!

 

Keith loved so deeply; he was called to Military Service on June 23, 2008. Due to his love for his family

and country, Keith fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010. He was stationed in Sadr City, Iraq, as

he fought to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s regime. Camp Taji, Iraq, was his mail station. Keith left his very

best on that battlefield, experiencing Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and a host of other unseen wounds,

rendering him a 100% Disabled Service Related Iraq War Veteran. Keith was Honorably Discharged from

the United States Army on June 30, 2011. Keith was a Good and Faithful Soldier!

 

Keith was such a compassionate person, he not only loved deeply, he hurt deeply as well. When his

grandmother, Barbara Ann Bass Fletcher-deceased, was sick in the hospital or at home, Keith was placed

in the family rotation for sitting with and taking care of his grandmother before her death because he loved

her so much and he wanted to help.

 

Keith was just a little boy when his grandfather, Rev. Dr. Henry C. Fletcher-deceased, recruited him to ride

to church every Sunday morning with him. ‘Dad’, as his grandfather was affectionately called, was

preaching in the pulpit and Keith would be right up there beside him listening intently. They were partners

in the pulpit for years. Keith was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ironton Ohio. Have no doubt,

Keith knew and loved God deeply!

 

Keith adored his older brother, Ryan ‘Hank’ Fletcher of Ironton, Ohio, and his younger sister, Maranda D.

Howard of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Since his brother lives so far away, Keith was always checking in

with him to make sure his brother, his niece and nephew, Daija Dawn, and Laz, were alright.

 

Keith was very protective of Maranda. So much so that he moved into her house to look after her. Keith

started a cooking channel ‘Instapothead’ chronicling his so-called adventures in cooking for his son and

sister. Keith had special bonds with his brother and sister because he loved them dearly.

 

Keith was loved and adored by his parents, Ronald K. and Melony L. Howard, Lakewood Ranch, Florida,

and there are no words to say how much we miss him. He was dearly loved by his aunts, uncles, and

cousins.

 

A special thank you to Amy Crooks Igualas and Meredith Crooks for everything you have done to help us

when we needed it most.


Service

Location:
Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell FL

Date & Time:
November 16, 2022 at 1:30 PM


Cemetery:
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd AvenueBushnell, Bushnell



Visitation

Times:
November 16, 2022
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM



Location:
Baldwin Bros Bradenton Chapel


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    16 Nov 2022
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  5. John says:
    16 Nov 2022
    It was all love in every conversation n phone call. You were some the very few that knew and accepted me on your uncles side (Charles) you were very family oriented. I’m miss our talks n so much more. Rest up as you have gained your wings️✊ I Love you fam as we always said ending a conversation❤️✊

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    15 Nov 2022
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  8. Kimberly "Kiki" Stellwagen says:
    15 Nov 2022
    I love you Keith . You will be forever in my heart. I will never forget you. You was one of my realest and bestest friends. Till we see each other again ♥️

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    11 Nov 2022
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  15. Lizzy Bear says:
    11 Nov 2022
    My heart wheeps with your physical departure from earth...however...my heart rejoices with you having found the peace your soul was in search of...until we meet again, xoxox ❤️

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    11 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 11, 2022 at 11:42:12 AM

  17. Avery Washington says:
    10 Nov 2022
    Keith,

    Rest well in heaven's
    glory. My sincere condolences and prayers to the family.

    -Avery Washington

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    10 Nov 2022
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  24. Katherine Kulchar posted an image:
    10 Nov 2022
    Good times with Keith.
    Good times with Keith.

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    09 Nov 2022
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    09 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 9, 2022 at 11:57:22 PM

  28. Meg Reign says:
    09 Nov 2022
    Such an amazing bright soul that brought so much laughter and love to everyone he encountered..until we meet again..fly high baby..XOXO

  29. Meg Reign lit a candle:
    09 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 9, 2022 at 11:11:04 PM

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    09 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 9, 2022 at 11:59:39 PM

  34. Josh Wiseman says:
    09 Nov 2022
    Keith you brother will be missed. Rest easy brother we got your 6

  35. Amanda Malone says:
    09 Nov 2022
    One of a kind. You will be missed dearly. RIH

  36. Betty Howard lit a candle:
    09 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 9, 2022 at 11:17:35 PM

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    09 Nov 2022
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  40. Janice Sinozich says:
    09 Nov 2022
    Gone too soon. Your crazy self will be missed, you were so loved. Hug Maggie for me until we meet again

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    09 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 9, 2022 at 11:34:53 PM

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    09 Nov 2022
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  43. Natasha Howard says:
    09 Nov 2022
    We will miss you so much cousin. Even thonwe didnt get to meet but a few times. We are family and I love you. And i known you knew that. Rest easy. Ee will stay clowning down here for you cuz. ❤

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    09 Nov 2022
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