Howard Lee Justice

  • Born: March 31, 1931
  • Died: December 12, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Howard Lee Justice, son of Ralph W. and Alta Chamberlain, was born March 31, 1931 in Manilla, Iowa. He departed from this life on Saturday, December 12th. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, December 18th. Due to COVID there will be a private burial service on Saturday, December 19th. Memorials may be made in Howard's memory to American Cancer Society.

He was baptized at the Methodist Church in Manilla, and later, was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, Iowa. He attended country school until fifth grade. Howard then continued his education in Manilla, graduating in 1949. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Simpson College and his Master's Degree from Northwest Missouri State.

In 1952, Howard was united in marriage to Norma J. Stegeman. They were blessed with three children, Vickie, Steve and Craig. Howard coached high school football at Fontanelle, Exira, Estherville and Atlantic, Iowa, before entering the college ranks. He coached at Iowa State, the University of Maryland, West Illinois and Drake University. He ended his coaching career as head coach at Hoover High in Des Moines. He retired from teaching and coaching in 1990. For eight years, he managed his own lawn service, and he retired permanently in 1998. Howard had a great love of football. He was a member of Kappa Theta Psi, Iowa Football Association and National Coaches' Association. He was inducted into the coaches' Hall of fame in the early 90's. His favorite hobby was woodworking. He spent many hours each day in the shop during retirement, making many beautiful pieces out of various woods. Most of Howard's projects were for family, friends and his church.

Howard has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ankeny since 1972. He held numerous positions within the church during his years there. Howard and Norma enjoyed many camping trips with their RV and spent many winters in the southern states. He enjoyed the fall of the year, watching both Iowa and Iowa State University play football. He was a fan of both.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, sister-in-law and his wife, Norma in 2018.

Howard is survived by his daughter, Vickie (Greg) Peterson of Phoenix, AZ; sons, Steve (Christine) of Waukee, IA and Craig (Melody) of Waukee, IA. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Melosina (Jordan) Latva of Herriman, UT; his grandsons Grant Peterson (Lindsay) of Scottsdale, AZ, Ryan Justice (Trisha) of Liberty Hill, TX and Andrew Justice of Adel, IA. Howard has 7 great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to the people from At Home Care and Wesley Life for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Howard's memory to American Cancer Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Couch Justice, as a student in the early 1950's at Fontanelle Independent High School and member of our great girls basketball team, there are so many great memories to enjoy through the years.
Sixty-eight years later (2018) to visit with with Howard and Norma in there home here in Ankeny, Iowa, to reminiscence over the memories and look at many pictures of family, basketball and of course football. Many more memories were made and will be treasured.
My condolences to the family.

Beverly J (Knorr) Nester, MD, 1/3/21 Student and Friend

Posted by Beverly J Nester, MD - Ankeny, IA - Student   January 03, 2021

Vickie, Steve, and Craig - I extend my sympathy to you and your families.
Howard was a very kind man, great friend, and wonderful coach. He worked with my dad Richard Manson. Prior to COVID - I still tried to get together with Howard once a year for lunch, with our family, my mom and brother, and friends Jan and Janice. We are thankful to the friendship our parents (Richard and Marilyn Manson) shared with Howard and Norma over the years. God Bless - Howard and Norma forever. Sincerely, Annie (Manson) Arbuckle, Ames, Iowa

Posted by Annie (Manson). Arbuckle - Ames, IA - Family Friend   December 23, 2020

I was a teaching colleague when Howard taught/coached in Fontanelle. Howard and Norma and Superintendent Dick Manson and Marilyn and my husband and I were good friends through the years. Please know how much I respected Howard and his professional leadership for youth. He was a role model for young people.
All of you in Howard's family can be so proud of his professional gifts to youth. He will be missed by you, his family, and by his many former students and former colleagues. Our lives are richer for having known him. Jan Wollenhaupt

Posted by Jan Wollenhaupt - Des Moines, IA - Friend   December 21, 2020

Coach Justice was coaching at Western Illinois University while I was a student athlete there. First impression: the ever present smile on his face. Second: Always had an encouraging word. I am sure his family has much to celebrate and treasure about his life!! A good man.

Posted by Steve Mikez - Student   December 19, 2020

I coached with Howard at WIU -- he was a great coach - totally a team player -- as a young coach I valued his advice and friendship --- may God bless and watch over his family

Posted by Coach Jon Eickstead - Friend   December 19, 2020

Mr. Justice was my late husband's (Dave Duskin) football coach in Atlantic, Iowa in the ''60s. Dave always talked highly of Coach Justice and was so pleased to be able to introduce me to him when we ran into him in Iowa City at a Hawkeye football game. Dave said he was the best coach Atlantic ever had. Condolences to his family on his passing. He led a very fulfilling life and made a positive impression on many young people. God bless all of you. Carol Duskin

Posted by Carol Duskin - ATLANTIC, IA - Acquaintance   December 19, 2020

Coach, you and Norma were highly regarded in Exira where you left quite a string of football wins. It was an honor playing for you. God bless, RIP.

Posted by Gary M Frederick - Student   December 16, 2020

Thoughts & prayers to the family. Both Howard & Norma were wonderful people to be around & will be missed!

Posted by Bill Albaugh - Friend   December 16, 2020

My sincere sympathy to all of you. I remember his little chuckle and a big smile on his face. He always seemed to be happy to see me.

Posted by Sharon Judson - Bella Vista, AR - Family   December 15, 2020

Howard was a wonderful neighbor. He would tell my late husband that he lived on the best street in Iowa. My condolences to the Justice family.

Posted by Sharon L. McDowell - Neighbor   December 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family I've always had Fond memories of Howard, remember when he took me to Drake to work out with the football team Craig and I went down there in high school great experience and always thought highly of him..Fine man!He will surely be missed!

Posted by Jeff Hall - Milo, IA - Family Friend   December 14, 2020

My condolences to the entire Justice family. Howard left a lasting impression on me as I am sure he did with the many young men he coached and taught. He helped coach a group of young men in 1997...we were chasing a dream. He helped us make that dream a reality. He was part of a group of coaches that helped to bring Ankeny its first ever state championship in football. He pushed us hard, expected our best, and taught us many lessons along the way. For that I am forever grateful!

Posted by Clay Newman - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 14, 2020