John Howland's Story
John Howland Taft of Atkinson, New Hampshire passed away peacefully Tuesday night, March 7, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born January 9, 1947, in Quantico, Virginia, he was the son of Carolyn Ruth (Colwell) Palmer and the late Colonel Howland Guild Taft.
Upon graduating Toledo University, John joined the United States Marine Corps becoming an F-4 fighter pilot and served in the Vietnam War as a Lt. Colonel. Following his service to his country, he worked as an engineer at Sanders Associates in Nashua, a defense contracting company, before being hired by American Airlines as a pilot. He retired after working for them for almost 20 years and enjoyed computer programming, restoring cars, and riding his motorcycles.
He is survived by his loving wife, Evie F. Taft; sons, Drew H. Taft and his wife, Theresa of Salem, New Hampshire and Bryce A. Taft and his wife, Kristin of Sandown, New Hampshire; stepsons, Joseph Hopkins of Guilford, Connecticut and James Hopkins and his wife, Misty of Epsom, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Nolan, Samuel, Lucy, Lydia, and Lily Taft, Elijah, Emily and Amanda Hopkins, and Jeremiah Chester; brother, T. Fletcher Taft and his wife, Janet of Francestown, New Hampshire and their children, Elizabeth and Thayer Taft.
John was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who lived each day to the fullest. It was his kindness, compassion and love of his family and friends that made him the wonderful man we will never forget.
At John's request, his body was donated for the advancement of science. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of John H. Taft to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631. www.abta.com.
Published on  March 19, 2017