Oct 19, 1935 - Jan 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY William David "Bill" Howard, 77, died January 9, 2013. He was born October 19, 1935, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to William and Millie (Bartodej) Howard. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was Stage Manager at KOCO television 1960-1990. After retiring from KOCO, he was Stage Manager at OETA 1990-1997. He is best remembered by the general public as the hilariously quirky "Pokey The Puppet" from the long-running children's show, "Lunch with Ho-Ho." He was a loving husband and father and an irrepressible raconteur who never met a person he couldn't regale with a laugh and a smile. He delighted in helping others. He enjoyed working in the yard and traveling the byways of Oklahoma in search of unique people, places and food. Preceded in death by his parents; he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Louise; daughter, (Lisa) Dawn St. Clare and husband Raeyn; son, Chris Howard and wife Mary; brother, Don Howard; two grandchildren, Aaron and Cole; two daughters-of-his-heart, Donna Zamaria and Jennifer Dierker; two grandchildren-of-his-heart, Hope and Noah; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Mayfair Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to either The or the Mayfair Church of Christ Building Fund.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2013