Anchor Point resident Mr. Howard Orvis Houglum, 64, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home with his family by his side. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Houglum was born May 18, 1948, in Faribault, Minn. He graduated from Cook County High School in Grand Marais, Minn. He worked for Hedstroms Lumber from 1967 to 1982. After moving on he began working for the Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division up until he retired in 2005. Howard moved to Anchor Point in 2005. Howard loved fishing, flying, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an exceptional fisherman.
The family wrote, "His family was first on his mind, the ones here and the ones back in Minnesota. Howard loved teaching his sons to fish and bow hunt. He was a kind, caring and honest man. Howard built an ultra light airplane in his house. He also loved to fly his 1946 Luscombe tail dragger. He was known for the best one-wheel landings. Howard was a very skilled pilot and his dream was to move to Alaska and fly again, but health issues made him give up that dream."
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Houglum, and parents, Orvis and Hazel Houglum.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Houglum of Anchor Point; daughter, Gretchen Panka of Superior, Wis.; son, Johnathan Houglum of Anchor Point; son in-law, Tim Panka of Superior, Wis.; daughter in-law, Lindsay Caldwell of Anchor Point; granddaughter, Cheynne Sorlie of Duluth, Minn.; grandson, Dakota Sorlie of Grand Marais, Minn.; granddaughter, Mya Houglum of Anchor Point; grandson, Tanner Houglum of Anchor Point; brothers, Gerald Houglum of Grand Marais, Minn., and Sheldon (Lynetta) Houglum of Grand Marais, Minn., and sister, Sharon (Robert) Bailey of Moose Lake, Minn., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Please visit Howard's obituary and online guestbook at alaskanfuneral.com.