Obituary: Howard D. Passage


Howard D. Passage, 89, of Carmel, passed away Sept. 1. He was born on March 14, 1929, in Chillicothe, Ill., son of Howard D. and Melissa Spence Passage.

Howard was a 1951 graduate of Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Howard was employed by Ernst & Ernst Accounting Firm from 1955-1971. He then joined First of America Bank as regional vice president before retiring in 1994.

As a lifetime fan of the Chicago Cubs, Howard wore his Cubs baseball cap often and was excited to cheer their World Series win. Howard also enjoyed playing golf. He was gifted in many areas, but most importantly, Howard was a good husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and good friend to many. Howard was a man of few words, yet when he spoke, people listened.

Howard’s memberships included the National Association of Accountants, Bank Administration Institute, Indianapolis Kiwanis Club, Woodland Country Club, past president of FEI, Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 and Murat Shrine.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Passage; sister, Alta Merle Moreau and wife of 37 years, Dolores Sattler Passage.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Mills Passage; children, Jeffery (Mary) Passage, Jenny Passage Bailey; step children, Sally (Mike) Matlock, Craig (Susan) Mills, Bruce (Kelly) Mills, David (Debbie) Mills and Scott (Jamie) Mills; two grandchildren; Faryn and Christen Bailey; nine step-grandchildren, Nick and Taylor Mills, Jordan, Connor and Brandon Mills, Avery Mills, Amy and Lori Passwater and Jennifer (Jon) Key; six step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Schultz.

Family and Friends will gather at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 in Carmel United Methodist Church, of which Howard was an active member since 1959, and where the funeral service will begin at noon. Burial will follow in Carmel Cemetery.

In memory of Howard, donations may be made to Carmel United Methodist Church 621 S. Range Line Road. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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