Born March 28, 1936, in Oak Ridge, Missouri, Jerry Howard graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Agriculture and Biology minors in Chemistry and History.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard, (the late Shirla Rathjen McFaddin), have five children. He works in agribusiness and horse breeding, and owns the small businesses of Rural Resources and Jerry Howard.Com. Mr. Howard served in the US Army during the Korean War, and served in the Missouri National Guard for 16 years where he achieved the rank of 1st Lieutennant and received an honorable discharge. He served on the Southern Governor's Conference Board and the Regional Project on Infant Mortality. Mr. Howard's current address is PO Box 279, Dexter, MO 63841.