• Sherry Ellen Howard

    8 Mar 2019

  • Sedan –  Sherry Ellen Howard, age 54, of Peru, Kansas passed away suddenly on Friday March 8, 2019 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan Kansas.  Sherry was born on February 21, 1965 in West Point, New York to Johnnie Mooney and Mary (Ferrell) Mooney.  She graduated from Sedan High School in the class of 1983.  After high school she attended Kansas State University in Manhattan and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1987 and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  

    After graduation, she completed Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She was initially assigned to Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan where she met her soon to be husband Ralph (David) Howard, who was also stationed there as a 2nd Lieutenant.  They were married on April 7th, 1990 in the Peru United Methodist Church, in Peru Kansas.

    Sherry served in the Air Force on active duty in numerous locations throughout the United States responsible for managing  and leading airmen, organizing Air Force projects, and managing personnel actions for a major Air Force Command Headquarters.  During this time, she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene Texas in 1994.

    In 1997, Sherry left active duty and was assigned to the United States Air Force Reserve.  As a reserve officer, she provided leadership training for company grade officers as an instructor, organized major Air Force events and training, and tackled major issues for the Reserve component.  She retired from the Air Force Reserves in October of 2011 as a Lieutenant Colonel. 

    She was a devoted mother of two sons and loving wife.  In 2007, her family moved to their home in Chautauqua County.  She became involved in the local community volunteering as an Election Official and helping at the local church for bible school and special events, and involved in local 4-H clubs with her two sons.  She loved the outdoors and animals and supported the Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue as well as the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter.  She was on the School Board from 2010 through 2014, a member of the PEO organization and on the Peru Cemetery Board.  She touched many lives with her devotion to God, her family, and her many friends.

    Sherry is survived by her husband David Howard of their home in rural Peru, Kansas; two sons, Jonathan Howard of Columbia, Maryland and Michael Howard of West Point, New York; her parents, John and Mary Mooney of Peru, Kansas; one sister, Joni Gleason and husband Mike of Jetmore, Kansas; several other family and friends.

    Church services will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Caney United Methodist Church with Pastor Roderick Leupp officiating.  Burial is planned to be on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Riley with full military honors.

    Family and friends may call on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan.  The family will be receiving friends at their residence (2725 Eagle Road, Peru, Kansas 67360) from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. that same day.

    The family has suggested memorials to the Friends of the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter and those can be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.



    Sorry for your loss .


    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I always enjoyed visiting with Sherry and appreciated her genuine kindness.


    To all of Sherry's family. Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss.


    Sherry had a short but full life. She will definitely be missed and I love her, still!


    So sorry to hear about your lose. She was a good friend an we went to school together for many years. She was very friendly and helpful when you need a little extra.


    We are so saddened by your loss. Sherry was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.


    To the Howard Family: So sorry for your loss. Gail Cadenhead


    You will be dearly missed, my friend. Love you.