August 10, 2016 Edition
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In my earliest memories of being at The TD, Howard Golden was always there. Those early memories include our office having a noisy newspaper press, Linotype machines and raised metal type. Howard was a part of the process of helping to run that equipment and keep it running.
From my memories at a young age, Howard was a member of the printing crew that include Vernon "Bud" Baker, Leon "Shorty" Woody, Rennard Cooper and a few others for shorter periods of time.
Whether he learned it growing up or in the Army, Howard was first and foremost a mechanic. He could take a small job press apart in a pile of pieces and put it back together again. Often, the problem was a broken bolt or screw or the need for a new roller. Howard would bring me the parts book and note the items needed, and he would have the press or darkroom processor or other equipment up and running as soon as the parts arrived.
Howard also looked after mechanical and maintenance issues, such as a boiler, basement pumps and other things, that come with a building that was built in 1935.
My father, Jim Bland Jr., worked with Howard in Howard's earlier years. He commented more than once that Howard could use his energy to attack a job and get it done at record speed.
Howard worked at The TD for 46 years. He adapted well to the computer age and all the challenges that came as we changed our ways of doing things. He went from hot metal type to offset printing and to computer pagination and the Internet, and functioned well with each.
Due to his health, he cut back to part-time the last few years of that span. Howard always felt a loyalty to his friends from his days at Hoxie High School, as well as to his family and co-workers.
Younger generations of co-workers fondly referred to him as "Howie." Howard passed away Friday at his home in Hoxie. A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. on Thursday at Bryan Funeral Home. He will be missed.