Howard Means


Howard K. Means, 88, of Viola, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.
He was born Nov. 27, 1933 at Conway Springs to Edgar Russell Means and Anna Almira (Lindsay) Means. He grew up in the Viola community and attended Viola Public schools, graduating in 1951. He continued his education at Sterling College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
Howard entered the US Army and was stationed in Korea. He began his career in education in 1958 teaching in Haysville Junior High School in Haysville. He also taught school in Ansbach, Germany for the US Army Dependent School from 1962 – 1964 before returning to teach four more years in Haysville.
Howard was united in marriage to Barbara Evelyn Purdom on Jan. 20, 1968 in the Viola United Presbyterian Church, Viola. They moved to Bellevue, Wash. in June where they raised their family of two boys and where Howard taught for the next 26 years. Howard retired in 1994 and he and Barbara moved back to the original Lindsay family farm southeast of Viola. In his retirement, Howard assisted his brother Roy with farming and also continued to work substitute teaching for Clearwater High School. Barbara passed away on June 20, 1998.
Howard was a very active member of the Viola United Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Viola Lions Club and had served as the group’s treasurer since 1997.
Howard was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother LeRoy Means and one sister Alma Wiseman.
He is survived by his sons: Andrew Means of Seattle, Wash.; Bryan (Apryl) Means of Kent, Wash.; one brother Louis Means of Davenport, Iowa; one sister Wanda Farmer of Viola; two step-grandsons: Sage and Gabe and a number of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 from the Viola United Presbyterian Church with Craig Mead, officiating. Interment followed in Viola Cemetery. Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs, was in charge of arrangements. Online guest book and condolences are available at
Memorials have been established to the Viola United Presbyterian Church, the Viola Lions Club or to Clearwater High School.