Howard Wallace Ettleman passed away May 8, 2017, at the Ambassador in Nebraska City.  
He was born on April 19, 1919, at home on the family farm near Percival, Iowa.  His parents were William Wallace Ettleman and Margaret (Bobbitt) Ettleman.
As a youth growing up he spent many hours hunting and fishing along the river and ice skating in the winter.  
Howard graduated from Percival High School in 1938.  
He was valedictorian of his class, the second largest graduating class of Percival. He participated in basketball, baseball, track and school plays.
After high school, his parents wanted him to go the college where his sister, Frances, was.  He wanted to stay and farm.  Howard worked on the farm until Pearl Harbor.  
He wanted to go into the service but his folks didn’t want him to go.  Howard joined the U. S. Marine Corps in February of 1946 and served four years in the South Pacific.  
Basic training was in San Diego, Calif., and then he went into the Marine Air Corps where he was sent to Torpedo School at Great Lakes north of Chicago, Ill.  
From there he was sent back to California to the ship Vella Gulf and then on to the South Pacific.  Howard was a Sergeant in charge of a crew that loaded bombs and ammunition onto planes.
After the end of the war, he returned to the farm, but was in the Marine Corps Reserves for two more years.  
Farming was important to him.  He did other farm related things to help out, baling hay, shelling corn, and hauling grain with the trucks.  
He was on the Mule Slough Ditch Board for a number of years.  
He liked to take care of his honey bees which had been his father’s. His folks always had honey on the table to eat.
At a Percival School dance in the fall of 1950 he met Gertrude Metzger, a teacher at the Percival School.
He really liked to dance.  They were married on June 9, 1951, at the Presbyterian Church in Pawnee City.  
They have four children, Zoe Ann (Jeff) Finnoff of Clark, Colo.; Wade (Sharon) Ettleman of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Leo (Angie) Ettleman of Sidney, Iowa; and Yvonne (Cengiz) Tanak of Liberty Lakes, Wash.; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, four nieces, a nephew, and many other relatives and friends.
In the later years, Howard decided he and Gertrude should do some traveling to see the United States so they went on Motor Coach Tours.  
He liked to tell jokes and stories and traveling was a good way to meet people and learn new jokes.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Virginia (Floyd) Smith, and Frances (Chatham) Read.
Funeral services were to be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, Iowa, with Rev. Jason Gutzmer of the Sidney United Faith Church officiating.  
Visitation was to be open after 5 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Chapel.  
A memorial fund has been established and interment will be in the Thurman, Iowa, Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post 128 of Sidney.   The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.