Around the Industry: The Industry Loses a Leader
Howard W. Loewen, known by most as Howie, of Portland, Oregon passed away at the age of 68 on December 24, 2015 surrounded by family.
With more than 38 years of experience in the fast lube industry, Loewen was one of the nation’s most respected fast lube consultants. Loewen worked at Integrated Services, Inc. (ISI) for 23 years. In addition to serving as ISI’s senior consultant to fast lubes, Loewen was responsible for training ISI installers and customers to use LubeSoft® and LubeManager™ products. In his career, Loewen installed more than 200 ISI systems throughout the U.S. and Canada, impacting countless businesses with his ability to train, educate and empower.
Prior to his employment at ISI, Loewen filled nearly every position possible in the fast lube industry. From working as a lube technician in the bay to overseeing 32 Oil Can Henry’s stores as vice president of operations, Loewen acquired a broad perspective and in-depth knowledge of the fast lube business. In his five years with Jiffy Lube/Pennzoil, he worked in the company store and franchise operations. Loewen also served as a speaker for the AOCA at regional seminars and national conventions.
Loewen had a passion for helping operators improve all aspects of their business. His heart for continuing education and care for operators is known throughout the fast lube industry.
Outside of work, Loewen’s passion for history led him to participate in Civil War reenactments. He participated first with a military role as a corporal in the Union army and later as a civilian rising to the position of commander of the Civilian Alliance of the Northwest Civil War Council. Loewen loved reenacting and took a strong leadership role in the club, which earned him the respect and longtime friendship of many.
Loewen’s humorous nature was beloved among the ISI family.
"Back when it was popular to come to work in a tie, on someone’s first day Howie would introduce himself and promptly cut off the tie before anyone knew it was happening. However, Howie had class and would hand the employee a $20 bill to go get another one,” said ISI employee, Dan Johnson.
Loewen is survived by his wife, Carrie and two sons, Chad and Jordan. Loewen also leaves behind two brothers, Roger, Gordon and wife, Jannelle, along with one niece, one nephew and one grandniece. Loewen was predeceased by his parents, William and Catherine Loewen.
Loewen will be profoundly missed by all in the ISI family and the fast lube industry. For memories and stories of Howie as seen through the eyes of ISI customers and employees, visit: http://www.ints.com/howie