Harold “Butch” Leon Howard Jr., 69, of Bay City, our generous, loving, caring, and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend went home to heaven on the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Butch was born in Bay City on November 27, 1947, the son of the late Harold and Joyce Howard. Butch served in the Army during the Berlin conflict and went on to retire from Saginaw Steering Gear. He met the former Judith Kay Schwartz, they dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on September 12, 1970. Butch was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed picking mushrooms, fishing, and hunting. Butch leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 47 years, Judith Kay; their children, Harold “BJ” Howard III and Holly (Rick) Williams; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; his loyal companion, Moses, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.