Howard Rider, 89, Tucson, Arizona

November 14, 2018 GMT

Howard M. Rider, 89, of Tucson, Arizona, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at home surrounded by family and friends.

Howard was born July 25, 1929, in Portage, the son of Morgan O. Rider and Emma Martin Rider. Howard grew up on a farm near Baraboo and attended Sunset View School, a one-room schoolhouse, from first through eighth grade. In 1946, he left Baraboo High School and joined the Navy where he served for 7½ years.

In August 1950, he married Audrey Ward of Baraboo. After leaving the Navy he joined the Air Force where he proudly served an additional 17 years. After retiring from the Air Force in 1970 he was an instructor at Perry Technical School in Yakima, Washington. His career concluded with a management position at Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle from which he retired in June 1983.


Howard and his family lived many places throughout the world while he was in the military. After retiring, he and Audrey enjoyed traveling extensively in the U.S. and Canada. Among his many interests and talents were photography, painting, woodworking, bowling, playing cards and shuffleboard.

Howard is survived by Audrey, his wife of 68 years; his daughters, Jane Rider (Steve) Edgeman, Jennifer (Jamie) Durkan; son Howard (Teresa) Rider; and his sister Bonnie Stieve of Baraboo. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, Tucson, followed by a reception at Far Horizons Mobile Co-Op.

Interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley, Washington, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to a hospice of your choice.