Memorial services for Howard Jerome Melom, better known as âHowieâ or âCoach Melomâ age 74, of Albert Lea, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Shane Koepke will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Howie died Saturday, February 25, 2017, surrounded by his family at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Howie was born on January 14, 1943 in Dawson, MN to Truman and Marvel Melom. He went to college at Mankato State University and graduated in 1961, was married, and had three children, Kris, Scott and Heather.
He taught 6th grade math, science and social studies at Sibley Elementary and Brookside Middle School for 30 years. Howie loved being a teacher and was a very passionate coach. He coached high school track, cross country and JV girls basketball. He made a lasting impression on the lives of many of his student athletes, and they always held a special place in his heart. Howie loved dogs and made a home for several rescue dogs after retiring from teaching in 1999. He was a lifelong Democrat who named one of his dogs Humphrey after Hubert Humphrey.
Howie is preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Marvel Melom; brother, Orlin Melom; grandparents, Oscar and Olava Olson; and his nephew, Kevin Eisenlohr.
He is survived by his children, Kris (Trevis) Allison, Scott (Lori) Melom, Heather (Mario) Encinosa; sisters, Diane Johnson and Vickie (Larry) Eisenlohr; two nieces; grandchildren, Brooke Allison, Megan Allison, Donavon Martinson, Ashley Melom, Zachary Melom, Skylar Melom, Sydney Encinosa, Claire Encinosa; best friend, Lonnie Nelson; and many former students and athletes.