Those who knew Stan Howse will never forget his sense of humor from
the pulpit or his openness with parishioners.
Howse, a popular minister at Unity Church of Burbank & North
Hollywood, died Sept. 19 at the Veterans Administration Medical
Center in West Los Angeles following a heart attack, family members
said. He was 63.
“He was the gentlest, kindest, most loving man I ever met,” his
wife, Annemarie, said Monday. “He always encouraged people to live
their dreams and always saw the best in people. He was quite a man --
one in a million.”
Howse joined Unity Church of Burbank & North Hollywood in 1999.
Along the way, he opened his church to several community
organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous and the spirituality
study program, A Course in Miracles. He was a regular contributor to
the Leader’s Community Forum pages.
Howse, a recovering alcoholic who got sober in 1976, often
discussed his own experiences in a candid and often funny way,
“I grew up in a church where self-disclosure from church leaders
was frowned upon,” said Christine Johnson, a parishioner. “By sharing
his own personal challenges, Rev. Stan allowed me and others to
engage and bond with him. He found the humor in situations. He always
had us laughing and seeing the joy in life.”
Howse was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Temple, Texas. He served for 11
years in the U.S. Air Force, where he researched space projects
preceding the Apollo program. A former restaurant owner and
advertising salesman, Howse was ordained in 1992, and was a minister
at several churches in Texas before relocating to Burbank.
With his first wife, Rosemary, Howse founded Unity Church of Clear
Lake [Texas] in 1988. Rosemary Howse died of cancer in 1998. He is
survived by his wife of five years, Annemarie; six children; four
stepchildren; 18 grandchildren; and two brothers.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Unity Church
of Burbank & North Hollywood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made in his memory to the church, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA