Marion Howerton Sr. 1950-2018

Marion Howerton Sr. 1950-2018

Marion Lee Howerton Sr., 68, of Mayetta, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital.

He was born Feb. 9, 1950, in Quinter, the son of Marion Wesley and Goldie Alice (Hays) Howerton.

Marion attended grade school and junior high at Perry schools. He began working in the mid-1960s at Ristol’s IGA in Topeka and also for K-Mart, Montgomery Ward and Gage Movie Theater. He later worked as a fork-lift driver at Payless Source (formerly Volume Shoe) in Topeka, retiring after 38 years.

Marion was a member of Teamsters Local Union 969 in Topeka. He raised and broke horses and was a farmer and stockman. One of his passions was participating in the Trail of Cure Cancer Ride in the Flint Hills.

He married Diane Kennedy. They divorced.

He married Saundra White on Oct. 31, 1975 in Topeka; she preceded him in death in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Goldie Howerton; a son, Danny L. Howerton; a granddaughter, Natalie Howerton; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Marion is survived by two sons, Marion Howerton Jr. (Joellen) and Mark Howerton, both of Highland; two daughters, Misty Mathis of Topeka and Rosetta “Rose” Stauffer (Todd) of Mayetta; two sisters, Irene Grey of Texas and Violet Williams of Alabama; two brothers, Eddie Howerton and Bill Howerton, both of Topeka; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family will greet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Howerton Memorial Fund, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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