Howard “Howie” Hanson Lemmert, son of Oren Arden Lemmert and Frances Louise (Hanson) Lemmert, passed away On Sunday, March 6, 2022 at the age of 81 at UPMC Western Maryland from complications of COVID-19. He was born at Miners Hospital in Frostburg on October 27, 1940. He was a retired elementary school teacher who joked that he never graduated from sixth grade.
His father, Oren, owned Lemmert’s Garage on Frostburg’s Main Street where he sold Nash cars and could fix virtually anything. Howie inherited his dad’s tools and the belief that he could fix anything. His mother, Louise, was a school teacher, a florist, and secretary of United Family Services in Frostburg.
Howie was a member of Beall High School’s class of 1958. He attended Frostburg State College, graduating in 1962 from the State Teacher’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later earned multiple Master degrees from Frostburg.
From the time he was four, Howie spent summers at Camp Cliffside, a family-owned sleep-away camp in Springfield near the John Blue Bridge, with his dear friends, family members, and thoughtfully named dogs. He was a dedicated camp counselor and later a co-owner and director of Cliffside with his older brothers.
He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Bean, and they had one son, Kurtis Howard, on May 15, 1963. Howie and Carole remained friends after their divorce, often dining together with their new spouses at class reunions and gatherings.
He was introduced to Linda (Brinkman) Bean at a set-up at The Bowler in 1977. A smitten Howie took to singing the old song “Linda” in the halls of Frost Elementary, the school where he taught for the majority of his career. They married in 1978 and Howie later adopted her two girls, Karen Anne and Kristin Leigh. Howie and Linda welcomed their son, Kory Hanson, on March 23, 1980.
Howie spent his retirement years in the idyllic woods and farmlands of what he called “God’s Country,” hunting, teaching others to hunt, helping anyone who needed help, and offering both solicited and unsolicited advice at every turn. He kept Band-Aids and faded pictures in his wallet, a handkerchief in his pant pocket, a penknife at the ready, and ever-present index cards and a ballpoint pen in his shirt pocket. He had a slow but broad and joyful smile, a quick wit, and impeccable cursive handwriting.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. William “Bill” Lemmert and James “Jim” Lemmert along with many special relatives from previous generations. Howie is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda, and their combined family: Kurtis Lemmert and friend Deborrah Costello of Frostburg; Karen Lemmert of Baltimore; Kristin Kehrwald and husband Kevin of Frostburg; and Kory Lemmert of Baltimore. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Lillian Naill, Ilan Naill, Ella Valentine, Arden Lemmert, and Greta Lemmert, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces in multiple states. His former students, Cliffside campers, Little Leaguers, hunting buddies, and friends would number in the thousands.
Howie was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Frostburg, where he sang tenor in the choir and served as an elder, deacon, and trustee. Per his wishes, Howie will be cremated. A celebration of his life and a communal lunch will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Howie’s beloved Frostburg Little League, c/o Jeremy Rice, City of Frostburg, 37 S Broadway, Frostburg, MD 21532.