Howard A. McGrath
Howard Alvia McGrath was born October 19, 1927, and passed away November 1, 2012.
Howard was born to Alvia and Olive-Vene McGrath in Powell, S.D. As a boy, he grew up on his mother’s homestead ranch. When he was 10 years old, his mother passed away and the next year his father was killed in a tornado. He then went to live with his sister, Gertrude Stearn, in Idaho. A year later she passed away.
He then returned to South Dakota to live with his sisters, Margaret Baker and Julie Dorothy, until he graduated from high school in 1947. In high school, he excelled at sports where he earned the nickname “Flash,” which he went by his entire adult life as well.
Howard entered the United States Army in 1950, during the Korean War. He was discharged from the Army in 1953. He then served in the South Dakota National Guards.
On April 15, 1954, Howard married the love of his life, Elinor King, in Rapid City. Together they made their home in Philip where together they raised five children. They lived in Philip until Howard retired from Scotchman Industries in 1991. They then moved to Battle Mountain, Nev., to be closer to their children.
Howard is survived by his wife, Elinor; his children, Clara (Lyle) Hamilton, Linda (Howard) Thiesse, Diane (Jerry) Engelson, Cheryl (Gordon) Hunt, and Daniel (Julie) McGrath; his grandchildren, Judi Trobee, Shane Szarkowski, Brian (Samme) Engelson, Jerome (Katrina) Engelson, Teri (Chris) Spring, Carrie (Ryan) Hunt-Rayle, Tiffany (Dave) Ghering, Randi (Mike) Hunt-Schwartz, Marcie (Pat) Richards, Kheidi McGrath, Heather Allard and Samantha Allard; his great-grandchildren, Breven Engelson, Ryan, Kaylen, Macyn and Elijah Engelson, Mikey Spring, Christopher and Mattie Rayle, Noah, Emma and Eli Ghering, and Rob, Rylee Hamilton and Easton Schwartz.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bessie Wright, Gertrude Stearns, Margaret Baker and Julie Dorothy; a brother, Edward McGrath; a daughter, Elizabeth McGrath; a son, John McGrath; a grandson, Scott Hamilton; and great-granddaughter, Alexis Rayle.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations toward a memorial bulletin board that will be at the Battle Mountain General Hospital Nursing Home, 635 Birch Ct. Battle Mountain, NV 89820 or contact Diane at 775-455-5368.