Austin Benjamin Howard, 24, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away unexpectedly on the 18th of May, 2019. He was son of Chuck and Maureen Howard, and was born at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, on Sept. 1, 1994. He graduated from Poquoson High School in Virginia, and attended the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he studied Criminal Justice. Austin was a Corporal with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, and a member of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #88.

Austin is survived by his parents Frank and Maureen Howard of Papillion, Neb.; his brother Alex (Jaclyn) Howard of Lincoln, Neb.; his sister Emily Howard of Omaha, Neb.; his paternal grandmother Dolly (Ed) Johnson of Waverly; his paternal grandfather Lee (Becky) Howard of Burdett, N.Y.; his maternal grandmother Beverly (Jon) Arbie of Athens; his maternal grandfather Howard Garrity of Waverly; his aunt Julie (EJ) Morales of Waverly; his uncle Jeremy (Tzveta) Johnson of Binghamton; his uncle Joseph Howard of Austin, Texas; his aunt Stacy Garrity and uncle Dan Gizzi of Athens; his aunt Paige (Mark) Evans of Sugar Land, Texas; and his aunt Jennifer (Marco) Liberta of Sugar Land, Texas.

Although not originally from the Valley, Austin cherished his time spent here on holiday trips, family outings, and working summers at GTP in Towanda. As an Air Force BRAT, he lived in eight different states and traveled throughout the country, but always considered the Valley his real home. He was a devoted, caring uncle, and spent time each week with his twin nieces, Abby and Lily, and his nephew Eli.

A memorial service is set for Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 3 p.m. This informal event will be held at the home of his beloved aunt and uncle, Stacy Garrity and Dan Gizzi, 383 Gateway Industrial Park Road in Athens. Their home will be open to all family and friends who wish to join together to remember and cherish his life.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police Foundation to aid Nebraska Law Enforcement Officers in need. Donations can be made by clicking the “Donate” button found at the bottom of their Web page at Please specify “FOP Lodge #88 – in memory of Cpl. Austin B. Howard” in the comments section.