George Packey Howatt, 76, of St. Anthony Park, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on July 10, 2018. He was in the company of his wife, Cynthia, and granddaughter Khloe.

Packey was born July 6, 1942, in Yakima, Wash. He was a graduate of the University of Washington and received his master of divinity from Luther Seminary.

Packey spent many of his formative years in the Cascade Mountains. This instilled in him an awe of the natural world that remained with him his entire life. It was where he also met his first wife, Vivian (Wierman) Howatt. They moved to St. Paul so that Packey could continue his education. There they raised their three boys. He married Cynthia (Nabablit) in 2004 and gained a daughter in Yvett.

Packey was an avid woodworker who was kept constantly busy by his children and grandchildren requesting one of his beautiful creations. He was a man of deep love and compassion. He had one simple desire in his life, for people he loved and to be happy, nothing more.

Packey was preceded in death by his parents, George and Norma, and sisters, Karen and Jean. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; sons, Damon, Derek and Clayton; daughter Yvett; daughters-in-law, Kristin and Elizabeth; son-in-law Kham; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 20 at Roseville Lutheran Church.

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