In memory of

Howard G. Whitley III, age 80 of Helena

November 22, 1938 – March 23, 2019

Howard Grady Whitley III, 80, formerly of Brookeville, MD, passed away on March 23, 2019 in Helena, MT due to a stroke.  He was surrounded by his wife, Carol Dean, daughters Rebecca and Denise, grandchildren Jacqueline and Michael, great granddaughter Rose, and his sister Carol Jane.

He was born in Birmingham, AL on Nov 22, 1938. He attended John Herbert Phillips H.S. in Birmingham. Afterwards, he attended Auburn University, receiving Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Majoring in Thermo Science / Heat Transfer, minoring in Mathematics. He then, attended George Washington University, coursework in Mathematics of Operation Research. He graduated from the Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

He was a lifelong member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, PiTau Sigma, all honors societies at Auburn.  He was a lifelong member of the Army War College, Auburn University Alumni, Federal Executive Institute Alumni, INFORMS, and member of the GSCNC.

Howard received the Army Commendation Medal, Superior Civilian Service Award and the Honorable Order of St. Barbara Medal, UK. He was an accomplished lecturer, Analyst and Developer of ABCA, MORS (along with on the board of directors) and SHAPE.  He was a Fortran specialist.

Howard was a Captain in the US Army, and once discharged, worked at: The Pentagon, NATO, SHAPE, UNIVAC, CAA, as the Army Secretariat and for the Secretary of the Army.  He taught at Auburn University, George Washington University, Montgomery County College and Montgomery County Schools.

He was a world traveler, enjoyed his Mercedes, and most importantly his Family.  He is loved, in our memories, and our hearts now. Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandparent, Great Grandparent and Friend were his most important roles in life. He will always be loved and never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Howard Grady Whitley Sr. and Etta N. Whitley; parents, Howard Grady Whitley Jr. and Mary Lee Camp Whitley; and his sister, Linda Sue.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28th at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Ave. Please join the family for coffee and cookies following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made with John Hopkin’s University Otolaryngology Department at, (click “other” to be able to make donation in Howard’s name) or to a charity of donor’s choice. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Howard.


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  1. Kara Cooper says

    Carol, Becky, Denise and family, I am so very sorry. You have my deepest condolences. Howard was always very kind to me. I am glad I had the good fortune to know him. Sending love and prayers.

  2. Robert Wolfe says

    Carol, Becky and Denise. I was so sorry to hear about Howard’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Although I lived next door to you for many years, I didn’t know of Howard’s many accomplishments. He was a good man and a good neighbor, I’m truly sorry for your loss.


    Carol, Becky, Denise and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Priscilla A Glasow says

    I knew Howard when he was on the Board of Directors of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He was a quiet, pleasant gentleman who gave careful thought to the issues and decisions to be made. Howard was quite a modest soul regarding his many career and academic accomplishments and it was a privilege to have known him. My sincerest condolences to his family – he is remembered with great esteem.

    Priscilla Glasow

  5. Janet Bouvé says

    Carol, Becky and Denise,
    It was my privilege to count you all as neighbors and friends for 38 years. Howard was a good and accomplished man with a quirky sense of humor. I miss him greatly. Please know that your family is in my heart and prayers.

  6. The Hadro Family says

    Dear Carol and family: My family and I are sending thoughts and prayers and also thanks that you all are able to be together. Howard was such an old-fashioned gentleman…..taking care of Carol, his girls, family, friends and neighbors. I’ll remember road trips for antiques, several Thanksgivings together and loads of spaghetti dinners on Rena Court. Also great business advice and always offers to help in anyway. I’m smiling looking around at all the used furniture that he stuffed in the back of their Subaru when I was setting up my house. Fond memories. What a beautiful family!

  7. Stefany Wolfe says

    Denise, Carol, Becky, and family I am truly sorry for your loss and extend my deepest sympathies. I have many memories being a neighbor for so many of my childhood years, and will always fondly remember him as “Mr. Whitley.” Howard was a great man of many accomplishments who had a passion for knowledge. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Howard will be greatly missed.

  8. Chris Curtis says

    The Curtis Family will always treasure the time spent with our family. Our deepest condolences to the Whitley family, our prayers are with you always.

    With all our love
    Curtis Clan

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