Norwalk Reflector: Howard A. Born

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Howard A. Born

• Aug 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

HENRIETTA — Howard A. Born, 73, of Henrietta, passed away peacefully on Sunday August 19, 2018 at Avon Place. He was born on August 8, 1945 to the late Howard and Mary (Adler) Born. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Firelands High School in 1963, where he excelled in many sports. Howard was a lifelong resident of Henrietta Township. 

Howard was born into and had a passion for farming. He loved it so much he gave up a full ride football scholarship to stay in Henrietta and work on the family farm. He launched a lifelong career in the machinery business, with only a few pieces of machinery in the yard and a talent for building grain bins. 

Howard had a gift for the buying and selling of machinery, and making lifelong friends of equipment dealers, farmers and auctioneers, across the country. He loved nothing more than loading up the semi, heading off for a large auction, and enjoyed the challenge of making “the deal”.

He took great pride in his family and his home. Spending may hours on his porch with family and friends. He enjoyed his trees, flowers, and bird feeders. He hosted a yearly get-together at his cabin during deer hunting season. Howard was proud to support the local FFA and 4-H programs. Many young people started a lifelong involvement in Agriculture, working at the chicken houses, dealership, and farm over the years. Howard had never missed a single Fair in his entire life. He was a strong supporter of the Lorain County Fair and especially the livestock auction, as he bought hundreds of animal projects from 4-H and FFA members. He enjoyed antiques, collecting oil lamps, and almost always had a camera in his hand.

It was a known fact that climbing in the truck with Howard could lead to a long tour of the area fields and his back yard. 

He was a lifetime member of the NRA, member of the Wakeman Eagles, Henrietta United Methodist Church, and Ohio Farm Bureau. He was also involved with many political committees, boards, and councils, including Henrietta Township Zoning Committee, LORCO Board, SWAC Committee, and Lorain County Planning Commission. Howard leaves behind a legacy for his family, fellow farmers and community that will be felt for generations to come. 

Howard is survived by his daughter, Jessie Born, of Amherst, his son, Howard A. "Butch" (Anne) Born III, of Henrietta, their mother Jessie Spiegelberg, of Birmingham, his grandchildren James "Ed" Alexander, Lois Rotuno, Edward Born Jr., Ryan Born, Dustin Born, Hope Born, Faith Born, and Joy Born, his siblings, Donna (David) Drake, FL; Marilyn (Stuart) Closson, AZ; Karen (Asa) Sabiers, Fremont; and Linda (Bob) Davidson, Oberlin, and a daughter-in-law Laura Born, of South Amherst.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son Edward Born, brother Phillip Born, and brother-in-laws Stuart Closson and Wayne Brown.  

Per Howards' wishes a private family service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at 

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Community Foundation of Lorain County, 9080 Leavitt Rd., Elyria OH 44035 for the H.A. Born Memorial Fund for Firelands Schools FFA.


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