Re: The Weagant’s KKEY & More


I actually have an obituary for William J. Howlett on my desk in front of me, thanks to some recent writing I’ve done. It is taped to the final note he left at the house; this reads simply “KXL xmtr Mon 10/15/84.” The obituary (probably from The Oregonian, though all I have is the bare clipping) reads:

“Mass for William J. Howlett will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Portland. He died Monday in a Gresham hospital at age 61.

“Mr. Howlett was born in Portland and had lived in Vancouver, Wash., since 1962. He worked as an announcer and engineer for various radio stations in Vancouver and Portland. Mr. Howlett served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jasper C. Lent Post 1442 of Portland and Theta Epsilon Kappa fraternity at the University of Oregon.

“Surviving Mr. Howlett are his wife, Jean F. of Vancouver; sons, John R. of Vancouver and James Chadbourne of Auburn; daughters, Julie Hudson of North bend, Nancy of Portland and Kathy Chadbourne of Vancouver; brother, Jack of Menlo Park, Calif.; sister, Julia of Portland; and two grandchildren.

“Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland.”

According to my journal Bill died 15 October 1984; the mass was held 19 October 1984. The obituary should have appeared in the paper between those two dates.