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SMSgt Howard Ison, USAF (Ret.)


oward Ison was born on December 26, 1926 in Blevins, Kentucky to James and Loretta (Good) Ison. He passed away on March 5, 2018 at his home in Tampa.


Howard was preceded in death by his two sons, Mark and Michael, and also his wife Josephine in 2014. Survivors include his two daughters, Debra (Michael) Thomas of Ruskin, FL and Ann Marks of Tampa, FL; Siblings, Robert Ison, Clayton Ison, Kurt Ison and Christine Mullins; a grandson, Colin (Amanda) Marks; and great grandsons, Brock and Brody Marks.


Howard served in the United States Navy in World War II and afterwards was discharged and joined the Army where he served in the Airborne and was also a sharpshooter before he transferred to the Air Force. Howard retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) after over 26 years of faithful service. At the time of his retirement he was eligible to wear the Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver oak leaf cluster and one bronze oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.


A visitation service is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:00 am at Segal Funeral Home 3909 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629 and a graveside service at Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 pm with military honors provided by the United States Air Force.

Friends, family and those who served with Howard are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.


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  • Diane & Gérard Smith says:

    With our deepest condolences to the Ison Family for you’re loss..
    We have a 45 plus year friendship.. so many memories as teenagers. You’re Parents were very wise, LOL nothing much got past them. It was such a blessing to reconnect with you Ann & Debra.
    I grew to love you’re Dad,Howard like my own.very special visits, talks & adventures we shared. He always had a smile, good sense of humor & thankful for anything anyone did for him. Ann, he was especially thankful for you’re care & keeping him home where he wanted to be. Lasting, loving memories indeed we will cherrish.
    God Bless you all. Rest in Enteral Peace Howard Ison xoxo

  • Jim and Lou Thomas says:

    Debra, Michael, Ann, Colon, Amanda and Family we share your sadness as you remember Howard. Your father was one of the nicest people we knew and we know that he was a great dad too. You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • Debra Ison Thomas says:

    I had a great dad, he is now with my mom and his two son’s. ✝️🎼

  • Carl Ison aka Joe says:

    When I first met Uncle Howard he was wearing an Air Force fatigue uniform. I was 18 and a few months from graduation and still wondering what my future would hold. His mannerisms and stature influenced me to enlist in the Air Force where I spent 4 years active duty and 20 more as an active reservist. Later I spent many months with my civilian job at Cape Canaveral in Florida. I visited often with Howard and his family and he graciously showed me around his beautiful state. He was a patriot and pillar of the large and extensive Ison Family and will be sorely missed by all of us.
    (Carl’s youngest of four sons.)

  • Janice Watkins says:

    To Ann, Debra, Colin and all of Howard’s family, I share in your loss as you are family to me. Joan and Howard, and you all were always welcoming and inclusive to me as family and were there for me when I lost my parents. For that I will be forever grateful. I loved your parents and will forever love you. This is a huge loss for everyone that knew and loved him. I especially admired your dad for his fierce love and devotion to his kids and to his wife, who he lovingly cared for in the last years of her life. He leaves a strong legacy of love, courage, devotion and loyalty.

  • linda bates says:

    Love and Prayers to you,Mike,Ann &
    family.So sorry we can’t be there in person but we are therein Spirit.when we met Mr.Howard it was like we connected with him.
    we will always remember his wonderful personality!

  • Carl Ison aka Joe says:

    Please note the folowing change to the final line at the end of my previous condolence entered on March 7.

    Initial entry, (Carl’s youngest of four sons.), should have been (Carl and Virginia’s youngest of four sons).

  • Denise White says:

    I’m so glad i had a chance to meet such a loving family. I will miss his smile i saw it one last time March 5th 2018 he will be missed but i know he his resting.

  • Maureen and Bob, England says:

    So sorry to have found out that Howard had passed….. When we came to visit my sister Cathy in Florida we would always meet with Howard and Joan,
    Also after Joan had passed…… We would go for a meal….. And when he asked to take us to breakfast, we couldn’t believe it … As more than 30 years
    Ago English people hard,y ever went out for dinner let alone Breakfast…. He was a wonderful man and we will always carry a special place in our hearts
    For him and Joan .
    Maureen and Bob Sedgwick, Ipswich,England.