Howard was the son of Henry and Minnie E Draper. His father, who was born in Illinois to German immigrants, would die prior to the 1925 New York census. His mother, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, would die before 1935.
Howard moved into the home of his aunt, Alvina (Draper) Hamilton where he began working as a saleman. He enlisted in the US Army on 08 Apr 1942 in New York City, serving in WWII.
After coming home from the war, Howard would move to Hillsborough County, Florida where he met and married Vera Josephine Mathis in 1946. They would make their home in Tampa.
Howard died on 27 Oct 1976 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL.
He was 62-years of age.