Howard Louis Heim, 99, of Millsboro, Del., and Lakeland, Fla., died May 11, 2018, in Florida. Born on March 13, 1920, in Hoboken, N.J., he was the only child of Florence and Howard Heim.
After graduating from Syracuse University in 1941, Heim served in the U.S. Army from 1941 until 1945. Heim played the alto and tenor saxophones, the clarinet and the baritone, and also wrote and arranged music and led a U.S. dance band. He served for three years in Panama.
Heim moved to Delaware in 1948. He was employed by the John M. Clayton and the Indian River School districts for 34 years — 17 years as a music teacher and 17 years as a high school counselor, retiring in 1982.
In 1949, he married Pamela Glover Heim, who died in 2000. They were married for 51 years. After her death, he spent winters in Florida and in 2011 moved there upon selling his Millsboro residence.
Heim was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro and served as the choir director for 35 years. He was also a member of the Millsboro Lions Clubs for more than 50 years.
Music was not only a vocation but also an avocation for Heim. He played in many southern Delaware dance bands over the years. He also was an active member of the Lakeland Community Orchestra and the choir of the Grace Lutheran Church in Lakeland.
Heim is survived by a cousin, Georgina Werner of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and two nieces, Beverly Wittenberg of Florida and Donna Glover Forgash of Salisbury, Md.