R.I.P.: Racer Howard Lynggard

R.I.P.: Racer Howard Lynggard

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Lynggard Family:

Howard Paul Lynggard Jr., a resident of Bellflower, CA, passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 2021 at the age of 71 at USC Keck Hospital.

Howard is survived by his sisters, Charlene McGuirk and Denise Hetherinton (Mike); his children: Graham Lynggard (Desiree), Kirsten Lynggard, Gavin Lynggard, and Carly Lynggard; his grandchildren: Keagan, Jaxon, Hudson, Addison, and Evin. He is predeceased by his parents.

Howard was born in California on April 29th, 1950 to Howard and Melva Lynggard. Graduated from Duarte Highschool; he was wise beyond his education, and people sought his advice and benefited from his counsel. In 2017, he retired as a Vice President of Schultz Mechanical Contractors, Inc., where he worked for 36 years.

Howard was happiest riding a motorcycle, and in his early years raced professionally for Yamaha. In 1971, he competed in the AMA races and won every Novice National 250cc race on a Yamaha TD250, and in 1972, rode for the Yamaha factory team. In 2001, after a hiatus of 30 years, Howard started racing again for fun on his Yamaha YZF-R1. He usually won the Formula 50 races and was competitive in the Open Modified Production and the Open Superbike events.

The great outdoors was his heaven on earth. He was an avid fly fisherman, an accomplished soccer and softball player, skydiver and a cycling enthusiast. Howard was a lover of books, bonsai trees, and animals. He was a spiritual man who worshipped God, was involved in church activities and the fellowship of A.A.

Howard dearly loved his family, and was a devoted and supportive father and grandfather. He will be remembered for his teasing jokes, his philosophical discussions, his charming smile, and his unfailing work ethic. He could fix anything but broken hearts and the crack of dawn.

His memory will be cherished and he will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Friends are invited to celebrate Howard’s life for a funeral service Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Rose Hills Memorial Park – Memorial Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, California  90601. A reception will be held after the service from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 6201 Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815. Food will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Please, come and share your memories.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to the Yosemite National Park Service or the National Audubon Society.

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