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Richard L. Howard, Korean War sharpshooter; May 19, 1945 -- July 27, 2011

Richard L. Howard, a sharpshooter during the Korean War and an active member of the labor union at General Motors for many years, died Wednesday at his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from East High School and was a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received an expert sharpshooter medal for his service.

Mr. Howard went to work at the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda in 1969 and worked there until his retirement in 2005. He served as a union steward for more than a decade and received the GM Excellence Award.

He enjoyed fishing, swimming, football and basketball.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Wanda L. Strong; a son, Rashad L.; two stepsons, Richard L. and former State Sen. Antoine M. Thompson; a brother, Davey Otis; and four sisters, Jackie Johnson, and Joann, Veronica and Darlene.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Wednesday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.