Howard's Mother continued to work at the funeral home and was a vital part of the business from 1934-1947. She remarried in 1948 and became Mary Wiefels Stockton and continued to live in Banning until she passed in 1998. Frank, Howard's brother, attended college and became a medical doctor specializing in Radiology and resided in San Jose until his death in 2001.
In 1948, Howard saw the need for mortuary and ambulance services in the desert area, moved to Palm Springs and opened the Vella Road location. In the next couple years, additional locations in 29 Palms and Yucca Valley were added covering the entire desert and pass areas.
In the 1950's, Howard remodeled the Banning location adding the arrangement room, a parking lot and a beautiful water fountain.
Howard married Diana Jane Sullivan and had two children, Michael Joseph, born in 1963 and Lori Ann, born in 1967. Howard and Diana were both extremely active in the community, amongst other things, Howard as the Mayor of Palm Springs and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Desert Hospital and Diana as a volunteer for the Maternity Ward of Desert Hospital.
In 1980, a fire started by neighborhood children resulted in the required demolition of the Banning location garage, preparation room, office areas in addition to the old Wiefels residence. Business was conducted out of a trailer for a year until the project was completed resulting in a modern facility that has maintained the traditional "Stagecoach Town" appearance and met the needs of the ever changing and growing community.
Howard passed away in 2006, at the home he and Diana shared for 42 years in The Mesa section of Palm Springs. Diana still resides in the family home and remains active in the community, helps with services at the Palm Springs mortuary and enjoys time with her grandchildren.