Rural 07

Donald Ray Howdershelt

July 29, 1944 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Donald “Donnie” Ray Howdershelt, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at his home in Fredericksburg surrounded by family and friends. Despite the pain with lung cancer and dialysis for four years, he fought for more time with his family. 

Donnie retired in 2012 after working for several companies. The first of which was Farmers Creamery in 1963.  He worked a total of 49 years; 31 of those years he was a driver then a supervisor in the dairy business. Even after retirement, he worked part-time for several years. Donnie was known for his dedication and hard work.  

In his free time, Donnie enjoyed rabbit hunting with his beagle dogs. The most favorite of his dogs were a beagle, LeRoy, and golden retriever, Rocky. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them as often as possible. 

Donnie will be missed by many, especially those who called him Husband, Dad, Gra Gra, Granddaddy, Uncle, and Friend.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Becky Howdershelt; son Jason Howdershelt; grandchildren Jessica Benson (Jesse), Thomas Howdershelt, and Tarryn Howdershelt; great-grandson Cayden Benson; brother Lee Howdershelt; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Shane Howdershelt; parents Eugene and Nannie Howdershelt; and sisters Nancy Newton and Florence Phillips. 

The family appreciates your prayers and support at this difficult time. As per Donnie‘s request, no services will be held. 


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