Benny Harrison Howk, 74, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away January 20, 2017 at his home. He was born May 15, 1942 in Cleveland Township near Belknap in Davis County, Iowa to Harold Moses and Iva Mae Huffman Howk. He was a 1961 graduate of Davis County High School. On June 22, 1962, he married Patricia Joan Coop at the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Benny worked for many area farmers, Duffield’s DX, Miller’s DX, Joe’s Sinclair, and then owned his own business, Ben’s DX. Benny and Pat opened the first Sears Merchant Catalog Store in Bloomfield in 1971. He then owned the True Value Store in Bloomfield for 32 years, retiring in 2004. While not working, Benny enjoyed being on the farm and camping. He attended the Ottumwa Baptist Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Howk; three children, Michael (Leah) Howk, Deborah (Tim) Batterson both of Bloomfield, Melissa (Dennis) Hayes of Fort Belvoir, Virginia; 14 grandchildren, Alyssa and Deni Hayes, Emily, Katie, Adam, and Benjamin Batterson, Rachel Hayes, Noah Batterson, Rebekah Hayes, Luke, Sarah, Justus, Titus, and Hope Batterson; three sisters, LaRue (Joe) Heaton of Kirksville, Missouri, Sharon (Kevin) Blasi, Vicki (Mark) Shively both of Bloomfield, Iowa; three brothers, Tom (Judy) Howk, Harry (Brenda) Howk both of Bloomfield, Dick Howk of West Grove, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Jackie Ray Howk; and three sisters, Betty Sammons Ames, Sandra Luko, and Linda Blasi.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Travis Decker officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties, Ottumwa Baptist Temple Printing Ministry, or the Davis County Genealogical Society.