Howard was born on October 15, 1923 at a rural residence 30 miles west and 2 miles south of Highway #52. He was one of 11 children born to John Woychesko and Katherine (Halushka) Woychesko.
Howard attended his elementary school years at Harddrop; Oaklaw and Rivington schools. He went on to farm with his parents until he purchased his own land in 1946 in the Foam Lake and Parkerview districts. To help with the farm and land purchase Howard would go out working during the winter months. This took him to Toronto where he worked for CPR at a freight shed and foundry; as well as an underground mine in Sudbury, ON where he earned 35 cents an hour. While he spent the winters in Ontario in the 1940’s he also spent a couple of winters in Hudson Bay working in the lumber industry.
Howard farmed in the R.M. of Foam Lake for most of his life. In 1994 he sold his land and livestock and retired to Yorkton where he purchased his new home. Howard resided in Yorkton until 2019 when he moved into the Theodore Nursing Home.
Howard was predeceased by his parents, John and Katherine (Halushka) Woychesko; siblings, John, Mike, Steve, Alex, Nick, Metro, Josephine, Ann, Millie and Mary.
He will be fondly remembered as a God-fearing man who had strong faith. Howard enjoyed attending Saturday night liturgy, and as a young boy he would walk 8 miles to catechism class (one way) because he said it was better than milking cows. As a young and even middle-aged man, Howard had a remarkable amount of physical strength. He will be remembered and forever honoured as a good friend.
The Funeral Liturgy was held on February 9, 2021 from St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church
in Yorkton, SK with Rev. Father Leonid Malkov presiding. Gerald Holowaty was the Cross Bearer and offered words of remembrance. The interment was held in the Yorkton City Cemetery with John Woychesko, David Wunder, Ralph Holowaty, Dave Popowich and Michael Polonich serving as casket-bearers, and Murray Pankoski as the Honorary Bearer. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church (155 Catherine St., Yorkton, SK S3N 0B9) as gifts of remembrance. To share memories and condolences, visit baileysfuneralhome.com.