Eugene Oliver Howard, Jr.

1954 – 2023

Eugene Oliver Howard, Jr. (Gene), a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on December 18, 2023 of ALS.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Loretta Frances Howard and Eugene Oliver Howard, Sr. He joins his parents, brother Jerome, and nephew Michael Howard in eternal rest.

Gene’s spirit will live on through his sister Jane Howard, niece Tara Cintel, stepdaughters Jennifer Norman, Roxy Arnold, Kai Rufus, step granddaughters Khloi Campbell and Savannah Gleason, stepson Khari Rufus, step grandsons Cameron Arnold and Brandon Campbell.

Gene graduated from St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University Law School. He devoted the past 30 years of his life serving as a public defender, fighting tirelessly for the rights of others.

Beyond the courtroom, Gene was a passionate food lover and accomplished chef.

He honed his culinary skills working in some of St. Louis’s most renowned restaurants.

Music was another of Gene’s great passions. He was a dedicated music fan, with a particular fondness for Jazz and Blues. His love for music permeated his life, and his infectious enthusiasm was a source of joy for all who knew him.

Gene will be remembered for his love of family, kindness, generosity and sense of humor. He was a loyal friend, a devoted family member and a passionate advocate for justice. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held on February 24, 2024 at St. Ambrose Church on the Hill. Visitation 9:00am, Mass 10:00am, Celebration to follow at noon.

Tributes may be made in Gene’s memory to St. Patrick’s Center, ALS Association or the charity of your choice.