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Howard John Markve

May 9, 1943 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 76)

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Howard John Markve, 76

Howard John Markve, 76, of Silverton, Idaho, passed away surrounded by his beloved daughters, family and friends, on January 25, 2020, at the Schneidmiller Hospice House of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.  He was born May 9, 1943 in Waubay, South Dakota; Howard was the son of Harold and Bergetta (Grotta) Markve.

Howard attended and graduated from the Lead High School of Lead, South Dakota in 1961.  He then proudly served in the U.S. Army

Howard then moved to the Silver Valley in 1967, after his service in the Army.

Howard married Susan Goos on October 15, 1966 in Butte, Montana; they later divorced.

Howard served in the mining industry for many years; he was a contract miner, as well as, a blacksmith and machinist.  He was the last man out of the mine during the Sunshine Mine fire of 1972 and is the most recent victim of this disaster.  Howard later retired from the Sunshine Mining company.

Howard was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion, and the Wallace Elks.  He loved and enjoyed working in his garage, restoring old cars with his favorite being a 1955 Chevy station wagon, gathering wood and tending to his fruit trees.  Howard also enjoyed his favorite Harley and the outdoors.

Howard is survived by two daughters Wendy and her husband Troy Ricks of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and Deanna and her husband Fred Thompson of Helena, Montana; three grandchildren Alexa, Jackson (who both serve in the Idaho Army National Guard, continuing in their Grandfather’s footsteps) and Bridger; two brothers Tom Markve of Indiana, Jim Markve of Illinois; one sister Francis Mann of Georgia; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Harold, Jr. and David; and two sisters Mary and Helen.

A Celebration of Howard’s Life will be held at a later date. 

The family suggests that memorials may be made to Shoshone Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 884, Kellogg, Idaho 83837.

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