Thomas J. Howard, 95, of California, Missouri, entered into rest on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Moniteau Care Center in California. He was born on September 30, 1917, in Moniteau County, the son of Eugene and Mollie (Woods) Howard. Mr. Howard was a veteran of WWII, having served with the Army Corp. of Engineers for 4.5 years including 18 months overseas. He was a charter member of Main Street Baptist Church. He was also a member of AARP and the Sunshine Club of First Baptist Church. He was united in marriage on May 9, 1981, to Marjorie Herndon Smith who survives of the home. Other survivors include 1 brother, Cecil Howard of Jefferson City, MO and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Jesse Howard and 3 sisters, Ruth Elliott, Mattie McFarland and Alma Palmer. Funeral Services were Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Main Street Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Eddie Shoeneberg assisted by Mr. Jack Bowlin. Burial with military honors was at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Main Street Baptist Church C/O Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, MO.