MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA AND ORLAND - Howard E. Soper, son of Otto H. and Percie (Stockbridge) Soper, died peacefully surrounded by his children on February 25, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Hospital Hospice Unit in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Marjorie (Brown) Soper; his parents, and his sister, Mary (Soper) Gallant. He is survived by his five children, Joyce Hanscom of Orland, Julie Philbrook and her husband, Richard of Orland, Barbara Varnum of Orland, Brenda Fowler and her husband, Tim of Brooksville, and Jeff Soper and his wife, Robin of Orland. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews;
and his companion, Jane Jones of Florida.
Howard was a very loving and gentle man and he had many friends. He loved his family very much and he also loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and playing and listening to
music. Howard was also Past Master of Rising Sun 71 Lodge of Orland, Maine.
An announcement will be made of a Celebration of Life ceremony in the spring.