Howard R. Lacey


Howard R. Lacey, 98, passed away April 4, 2017.

Howard is survived by his son, Howard R. Lacey, Jr. (wife Sally) of Avon and five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy D. Lacey and his daughter, Janet H. Lacey Wanink, (husband John) of Woodinville, Washington.

Howard was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 18, 1919, the son of Clarence F. and S. Lovisa Lacey. He was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lotta M. Lacey Grant.

He was a graduate of Fitchburg High School, attended Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennyslvania and in 1942, graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) with a major in chemistry and a minor in food science. While attending the university, he was a member of the Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity and co-captain of the tennis team.

Upon graduation, he accepted a position with the USDA as a processed foods inspector. He advanced to head the Fredonia, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offices.

On Aug. 23, 1947, he married Dorothy L. Daulton, also of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The couple located in Bridgeton, New Jersey, where he became associated with the P.J. Ritter Co. Inc. as technical director, in charge of their research and quality assurance programs. Bridgeton, New Jersey is where the children were born.

In 1967, he became general manager of Brooks Foods at their new headquarters located in Mt. Summit. The Lacey family moved to New Castle, IN in 1967.

During Howard’s career, he was awarded for “Outstanding Services to the Food Industry,” “New Foods Award,” and was invited to the Richard M. Nixon White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health. He also served on NFPA’s Washington Laborator Advisory Committee and their Scientific Research Committee. Howard was also listed in eleven Who’s Who including Marquis’ “Who’s Who In the World”.

In 1985, Howard retired from Brooks Foods. In his retirement he established Lacey Associates, Inc., a private consultation company to the food processing industry. In his retirement he also found time to teach economics at Blue River High School in Mt. Summit and serve as a Junior Achievement consultant.

Howard was a 32 degree Mason, member of the Cohanzick and Westwood Country Clubs, First United Methodist Church of New Castle, Elks, Toastmasters, Little League and volunteer at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

In 2001, Howard and his wife Dorothy relocated to Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin. While at the Franklin Methodist Community Howard served on the Community Council for three years and served as Chairman of their Food Committee.

Internment will be at the Forest Hills Cemetery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. There will be a graveside ceremony with Rev. Robert Daulton officiating, nephew of his wife, Dorothy. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers.