November 25, 2015

Howen, Dean - The Daily Progress: Obituaries

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Howen, Dean

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Dean Morgan Howen Dean Morgan Howen passed away on Saturda, November 23, 2013, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born on August 9, 1920 in Colgan, North Dakota. His family moved to Hibbing, Minnesota, where he graduated from Hibbing High School and attended Hibbing Junior College. Dean played trombone in the Hibbing Municipal Band. They traveled to New York City to perform at the World's Fair. He joined the Army during World War II where he worked for the Sixth Army headquarters staff, preparing for invasion of Japan. In 1942, while in the Army, he married his high-school sweetheart, Blanche. When the war ended he used the GI Bill to graduate from the University of Minnesota. He was recruited into the FBI and began a 30-year career that included Newark, Pittsburgh, and Beckley, West Virginia. A felon escaped from a local jail in Hays, Kansas, and made the FBI 10 most wanted list. Agent Howen found and investigated a southern West Virginia family connection and captured the fugitive, placing him in the Raleigh County Jail. Once again the elusive felon escaped from the local jail. Agent Howen quickly organized West Virginia State Police and other southern West Virginia Agents. The felon was recaptured before dawn the next day. From his retirement until the death of his wife in 2004, they enjoyed world travel and golf. They had two sons, Thomas and Robert. One highlight of his retirement was presenting his original FBI Badge to his son, Robert, an agent from 1975 until 2000. After the death of his wife, he enjoyed traveling between his children's homes in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, while still maintaining his own residence in West Virginia. Dean enjoyed spending time with Tom and his wife, Steele, Bob and his wife, Debby; his five grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren. In his later years he stayed in Charlottesville, with his eldest son, Tom and his wife, who thank the Martha Jefferson Medical Community and Hospice House for excellent care. Friends may express their condolences at

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