Howard Paul Fruhwirth departed this world to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 27,
2021, at the age of 79. Howard was diagnosed with dementia and early signs of Alzheimer’s in the
fall of 2014. At the time, the doctors did not believe that Howard would have another year at best,
yet thanks to the unending love and support of his family, and Howard’s strong-willed nature, the
diagnosis was proven incorrect.
Howard was born at home to Joseph Paul Fruhwirth and Violet Cook on October 3, 1941 in
Windsor, Colorado, the fifth of six children. He took great pride in working the family’s beet farm
from a young age - a passion that he carried with him throughout his life. After graduating from
Windsor High School, Howard joined the U.S. Army Paratroopers in 1960. He was stationed in
West Germany, and returned to the states in 1963. On June 14, 1964, he married Sharon Elaine
McFarland. Together they raised their children: Sharon, Howard Jr., and Bobby in Berthoud,
Howard and Sharon moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with their children in June of 1984. He
began working in the engineering department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in September
1987, and retired in December of 2003.
He never wanted anything but to be surrounded by his children and their spouses, his
grandchildren, Brendy and spouse Michael, Bobby Rae, Tyler, Zachary, and Jordan, as well as his
four great grandsons, Gabriel, David, Jonathon, and Alecto.
Among the many great gifts that Howard leaves behind, is his legacy as a true man of God.
Howard prayed for his family, community, city, state and nation fervently, and openly shared his
faith with anyone who had ears to hear. His uncompromising faith led him through the most
challenging times, and he never failed to give glory to God.
Howard is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sharon, and his siblings John, Gene,
Wanda, and Velma (Tootsie).
He is survived by his daughters, Sharon and Bobby; son, Howard Jr., along with their
spouses, his five grandchildren, four great-grandsons, and sister, Ruthie McFarland who lives in
Colorado, and other family members who reside throughout the nation.
The family invites you to join them for the celebration of Howard’s life at 6 p.m. on Monday,
Feb. 15 at Jubilee Worship Center, 541 Third St. in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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