Whether you know it or not, Howard Gage has touched your life. You may not have ever met Howard, but it’s a good guess someone close to you has--perhaps a son,  daughter, a grandkid or maybe your dad or an aunt. Howard Gage was everywhere.

I first met Howard as a Parker High School senior in John Eyster's Washington Seminar. His work with the school district and his volunteer efforts on behalf of seminar ensured myself and many others could participate. Even after Howard's retirement from the district, he remained committed to programs that supported students.

We reconnected with the historic flood of 2008. Howard conceived a video fundraising effort memorializing mother nature’s damage, individual hardships and neighborhood fellowship. Howard introduced me to his son John. John would be the on-site producer and spent weeks recording the devastation on Lake Koshkonong. It was Howard‘s passion that inspired John’s brilliant documentary, “The Flood of 2008.”

Howard’s legacy of family, friendship and community will be remembered among many.

BRIAN CHRISTIANSON

Rock-Koshkonong Lake District chairman

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