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Howard Benford Siler Jr.
Monday, June 18, 1945 - Tuesday, July 08, 2014
(age 69)

Clermont, Florida
Retired Insurance Sales
Howard B. Siler, Jr., 69, of Clermont, FL passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at his home surrounded by loving his family. Howard was born June 18, 1945 in Newport News, Virginia, son of Doris M. Siler and Howard B. Siler, Sr. He served in the US Air Force and received The Airman’s Medal. He made a career from insurance but his passion was Bobsledding. He was a 9 time member of a US World Team with a bronze medal in 1969, a 3 time Olympian, Coach of the USA Bobsledding Team and most famously the original coach of the Jamaican Bobsled team.

He has been a resident of Clermont since 1998.

Surviving him are his wife, Debra Shea Siler, whom he married in May 1997, three daughters, Lisa (Pat) Smith, Audra (David Elkins) Claypool and Christina (Cory) White; sisters, Doris (Charlie) Breazel and Kathy (Eddie) Young and 6 grandchildren Tyler, Morgan, Adrianna, Hunter, Alex and Chase and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are:
Funeral Servcies for Howard Siler, Jr. will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, July 14, 2014 at Becker Funeral Home.  Pastor Gordon "Bird" Sanders of Ferndale Baptist Church will officiate.  Interment will take place at 1PM at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, at which time military honors will be rendered.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10AM until service time Monday.
 
The family suggests if flowers are sent please send live floral arrangements.
 
 
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Monday, September 22 , 2014
Our fondest memories of Howie were his annual 4th of July parties at his home in Moira, NY. When you arrived, he took your keys and it was 3 days of party harty. If you knew what was good for you, you would immediately jump in the pool otherwise Howie would find you and throw you in. Howie and Greg worked together for Combined Life Insurance Co. for a number of years. We lost track of Howie after he left the North Country, but never lost the many wonderful memories we have of times spent together. Rest in peace Howie.
~ Greg and Faith Shortal, Fredericksburg, VA 
Saturday, September 13 , 2014
I just learned of Howie's passing moments ago. I worked with him from 1975-1983 and learned many things from Howie that I still apply today. He even introduced me to the two-man Jamaican bobsled team at his home (in Moira, NY) when he became their coach. Howie touched many people's lives in a positive way. May he rest in peace. I extend my condolences to his family.
~ George Scott, Holt, MI 
Thursday, July 24 , 2014
Debbie, my condolences to you and your family. Sending lots of strength, love, courage and prayers.
~ Jennifer Hochell Pressimone, Clermont, Florida 
Wednesday, July 23 , 2014
What a beautiful man with a wonderful family, I did not know him long, but his warmth and kindness were there for all. Love to all the family. Louise his favorite nurse. Debbie. Please know I think of you often.
~ Louise Vessels, Clermont, Fl 
Monday, July 14 , 2014
Sorry for your loss. We here in Calgary are proud of what you have brought to the city as well as the sliding community. Thanks for all you have done!
~ Mark, Calgary, Alberta 
Monday, July 14 , 2014
Sorry to hear of Howard's passing. I was on the USAF Bobsled team with him in 1967 & 1968. He was a friend and great guy, he will be missed.
~ Bill Dodds, Longmont, CO 
Monday, July 14 , 2014
Debbie and family, so sorry for you loss, you are in our prayers. Such a great man
~ Dana Fairchild and Family, Port Orange, Florida 
Saturday, July 12 , 2014
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you - Siler Family. Keep his memories close to your heart - they will comfort you.
~ Christine Shirley, Clermont, Florida 
Saturday, July 12 , 2014
So sorry to hear the sad news of Howard passing away! He was a great friend to our family and he will be truly missed. Too many fun times to recall at the bobrun growing up, Gilligan's Saloon, the Arena Grill - the list goes on and on! Howard brought joy to many and he lived life to the fullest. Sincere condolences to all Howard's family and cheers to Howard in heaven!! The McKillip Girls - Kook, Brenda, Mary & Bridget
~ Kathryn McKillip, Lake Placid, New York 
Saturday, July 12 , 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I will always remember all the fond memories that Christina has shared with me of her dad & deb & his inspiring story & the full life that he lived. I know that the community, his friends & especially his wife & kids will allow his memory to live on in the hearts of many.....He will certainly never be forgotten, but sorely missed.♡
~ nicole woods, malone, NY 


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