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Howard J. Machinski

February 5, 1951 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Howard Machinski Obituary

Howard James Machinski, 72, of Hughesville, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024 in the comfort of his son Andrew's home, surrounded by the love of his family, friends and his best friend, Rhonda Reese.  He was born in Santa Rosa, California on February 5, 1951.  Sixty-two years ago, his mother Nancy Machinski of Montoursville, adopted this sweet 11-year-old deaf boy and they never looked back. She was so very proud of Howard and loved him as her own all these many years.

He is survived by his 2 sons, Andrew Machinski and wife Rebecca of Hughesville, Howard Machinski Jr. (Angela) of Andover, NY, and a daughter Andrea Williams (John) of Mahaffey, PA.  Two stepchildren, Shelly Ostrowski and Morgan Larsen both of Portland, Oregon.  Five grandchildren, Noah, Aidan, Mason, Emma, and Allison.   He is also survived by 4 siblings, Charles Machinski, Cherry Hill, NJ, Elizabeth Black, Montoursville, PA, Kathryn Kaiser, Pottstown, PA, Michael Machinski, Easton, PA, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Howard also had many other siblings across the states from his birth family.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Mandi on January 12, 2014, exactly 10 years to the date.  They were married on June 22, 2002 in Portland, Oregon and spent 12 wonderful years together.  Howard left us on the same date as his wife, and one day prior to the date he lost his beloved pup, Harley.  We believe this was in his plans.  

When Nancy adopted him, he was completely deaf due to a falling accident and then contracting Meningitis. He was able to talk before his deafness which benefited him as he taught himself to lip read, which made life so much easier for him.

Howard was an honor student as a young man. He received an Alumni Associate prize at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, and was awarded outstanding student of his graduating class. He was a member of his school’s track and wrestling teams.  Howard received vocational training as a machinist.  In 1967 he entered Breeden’s School of Welding.  After starting his first career as a welder, he advanced farther in the welding field by mastering aluminum welding.

He worked at many jobs throughout the years including Bachle Welding and Machine Inc.  After moving to Oregon, he was employed by Waste Management in maintenance and repairs.  He then took on a second job with Bill Olson, starting a whole new path in learning with rebuilding hydrogen compressors and CO2 compressors for taps in restaurants and casinos.

Over the years he taught himself many trades and did various jobs.  He never let his disability hold him back.  Mostly as a mechanic and machinist but there was nothing Howard wasn’t able to do.   He loved helping people solve problems, whether it would be cars, computers, electrical work, woodworking or gardening.  He was a Jack of all trades and loved sharing his extensive knowledge with anyone wanting to learn.

In his retirement, Howard returned home to Pennsylvania to live with his son Andrew and family in Hughesville. He enjoyed his time with his grandchildren and teaching them as much as he could.  He returned to work for his old boss and friend, Roger Bachle, in Muncy part time to keep busy during his retirement years

When Howard was no longer able to do the things he loved, his daughter-in-law and caregiver, Rebecca, went above and beyond to make sure he was happy and comfortable, with help from many friends and family.  For this he was truly grateful and blessed.

There will be no services at his request. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hughesville Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc, 5069 Route 220 Hwy, Hughesville.  To leave a condolence or memory for the family please visit www.hughesvillefuneralhome.com

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