Getting to Know The Kid From Armourdale

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Author shares his life, love, and lessons in this endearing story

An inspiring and heartwarming story of determination, struggle, love, and success awaits readers as author Lloyd Howser chronicles the high peaks, low points, and in-between moments of his well-lived life. For those who want to meet The Kid From Armourdale, this memoir is a perfect opportunity for they will not only get to know him but will also learn many life lessons from him.

This engaging story is about a kid who was raised during the Great Depression, when the word “welfare” was virtually unspoken. He had deep loyalties for God, country, and family. His family was poor but proud and self-reliant. He learned early in life that if he wanted something, he had to work for it. His loyalty to his country was reflected in his leaving high school and volunteering for the navy the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. This is also about the struggle of two high school dropouts who fell in love. Lloyd and Esther started life together on the bottom rung, and it never occurred to them to feel sorry for themselves. Theirs was a love affair that lasted fifty-seven years. They were both from broken homes and determined that their children would not suffer a similar fate. He hunted rabbit, squirrel, and quail in winter and fished during the summer. Inch by inch, they elevated their lot in life. They grabbed snatches of education wherever they could. She took typing, shorthand, and secretarial courses and later a school of cosmetology. He finished high school, took college courses, and acquired a little more than the equivalent of two years of college when the Air Force selected him for an engineering course at the University of Colorado.

The Kid From Armourdale is the story of two kids willing to work hard, to study and learn, and to save a penny wherever possible; it’s a story of survival; it’s about the search for Valhalla, a place and the means to retire, after a lifelong struggle by two kids so unlikely to succeed in life.

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About the Author
Lloyd E. Howser was born in St. Joseph, Missouri (home of the Pony Express), on February 8, 1925. He was reared in Armourdale, the toughest section of Kansas City, Kansas. His family was very poor. They were self-reliant during the Great Depression, at a time when welfare did not exist. He was orphaned at age thirteen. At the outset of WWII (December 7, 1942), he dropped out of high school and was in the Navy Recruiting Office early Monday, December 8, 1942. He entered Pearl Harbor on March 16, 1942; he boarded what was to become the most decorated ship in the U.S. Navy (USS Enterprise [CV-6]). He earned two silver and four bronze combat stars while aboard ship. He returned to the States after approximately three years and married Esther Beck. Completing five years, he left the Navy and later joined the new Air Force. He and Esther had two children (Carolyn and Gary). He retired from the Air Force after acquiring his education and completing twenty years in military service. He worked in civil life as an engineer for such companies as Parsons Engineering, Chrysler Airtemp, Northrop Space Labs, Northrop Carolina, Olin Corp., and Northrop Corp. Aircraft Division. He and his wife returned from working five years in Saudi Arabia with the Northrop Corp in 1977 and found their Valhalla in Winter Springs, Florida, where they remained for twenty-five years. After the loss of his wife, Lloyd moved to be near his son in Melbourne, Florida.

Publication Date: September 24, 2007
Trade Paperback; $18.69; 278 pages; 978-1-4257-5312-2
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