John Philip “Phil” Howell

Memorial services for John Philip “Phil” Howell, 75, Olathe, will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Blue Valley Christian Church in Overland Park. Private inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.Mr. Howell died Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Indian Meadows Health Care Center in Overland Park.He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in New Mexico, the son of Ivor and Winifred Overman Howell.Mr. Howell was a longtime insurance sales agent in Kansas. He was a member of the Blue Valley Christian Church Choir. He enjoyed cooking and catered many meals for organizations and church groups.He married Merlene Harris on Dec. 23, 1956, in Lawrence. She died May 27, 2005.Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Gray and husband Tom Jr., Prairie Village; a son, Kevin and wife Tammy, Olathe; six grandchildren, Jayson, Amy, Chad, Amanda, Cody and Maty; and a great-grandchild, Mackenzie.The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Friday at the church before the services and again after the services. The family suggests memorials to the John Philip Howell Memorial Fund, sent in care of any Capital Federal Savings and Loan or Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.Online condolences may be sent at, subject: Howell.