Daniel Gerald Hower, 63, of North Orbit Drive in Milton, and formerly of Elysburg, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at his home surrounded by his beloved wife and brother-in-law.
He was born Feb. 26, 1953, in Bloomsburg, a son of the late Sheridan Luke Hower and Marjorie June Williams Hower.
Dan graduated from Southern Area High School and received degrees in Music (Arts) and Piano Technician from the University of Minneapolis.
He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Elysburg.
Dan owned and operated a piano tuning business, but his true passion was music. He started playing piano at the age of 2 1/2 and as a teenager was organist and choir director in many local churches, including as an organist and choir director in Shamokin, Sunbury, and Milton. Most recently, he was organist and choir director at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Danville. His joy was teaching piano and watching his students not only grow in their musician skills, but also enjoyed watching his students grow from young youth into adults. He was also an avid model train collector, proud to show his old time railroad station and train display and a member of the Train Collectors Association. Another love was tending to his plants, and he was previously a member of the Elysburg Garden Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Dorothy L. (Ditzler) Hower; one step-son, Richard C. Curtis and wife, Janene, of State College; and four grandchildren, Jarek, Cordell, and Brielle Curtis, of State College, and Tasia Curtis, of Tenn.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne David Hower.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. Paul's Emmanuel United Methodist Church with his pastor, the Rev. Gregory Molter, officiating a Celebration of Life service. Friends and family may visit at the church from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.
A private interment will follow at Northumberland Memorial Park in Stonington.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dan's memory to St. Paul's Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 305 Pine Street, Danville, PA 17821, for the upkeep of the beloved Tracker organ that he so passionately played. "May the chimes ring in his memory."
Funeral services have been entrusted to the Brady Funeral Home of Danville.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  September 3, 2016