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Howard Niles Ferry, 77,  Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away June 8, 2019.

Howard was born June 11, 1941 to Howard and Bernice (White) Ferry, in Eagle Bend, Minnesota.  After growing up in Minneapolis, and graduating from Anoka High School in 1959, he enlisted in The United States Air Force, where he was stationed at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin.  He also served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard.   On December 8, 1962, he married Janice De Young in Waupun, Wisconsin and had been married 56 years.   In June 1964, their daughter Dana Kay was born.

Upon completion of military service, he worked at Gibbs Manufacturing & Research in Janesville, Wisconsin.   In 1965 Howard moved his family to Minneapolis, where he took a position with Northwestern Bell.  In 1984 he transferred to AT&T and in 1991 he retired.  He was a member of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7200 and a member of the American Legion Post  #270 in Buffalo, MN.

After his retirement, he worked part time at Ace Hardware in Robbinsdale.  Having a passion for woodworking and fixing antique musical instruments, he took a position at Barton Player Piano Co, as a master player piano repairman.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed living in their home overlooking the lake in Buffalo, Minnesota.  He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.

Howard is survived by his wife Janice Ferry of Buffalo, Minnesota; daughter Dana Ferry (Chuck Wiser) of St. Cloud, Minnesota;  granddaughter Emily (Phill) Boehm of St. Joseph, Michigan;  great grandson Seth; sister-in- law Sheryl (Thomas) Ferry; and nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his parents Howard and Bernice, brother Thomas, and brother Bruce and wife Barbara.

A service for the immediate family was held.

Memorials to the National Kidney Foundation, 1970 Oakcrest Avenue, #208, St. Paul, Minnesota  55113.

A special thank you to the staff at Lakeside Oasis and North Memorial Home Hospice.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to

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  1. Ronald Fasbender

    He was a great guy !


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