|Mr. A. Howard Benthine, age 84, of 1202 E. Fremont St. Galesburg, IL, died Saturday April 10, 2010 at 2:23 AM at his home.
He was born April 17, 1925 at Kansas City, KS, to Albert H. and Effie Benthine. He married Juanita Meadows June 13, 1947 at Las Vegas, NV.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter Susan and Raymond Ruble of Nauvoo, IL, one son Steven of Lombard, IL, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren, one sister Louise and Jerry Routon of Ft. Worth, TX, and two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant sisters.
He was a WWII veteran serving from 1943 to 1946 and was assigned to the 32nd Infrantry Division in the South Pacific, first in Regimental Intelligence and later in the Division Band going through New Guniea, Leyte, and Luzon, Philippines and was with first U.S. Forces into Japan in September 1945. He returned home in January 1946 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He received numerous battle ribbons.
Howard was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 39 years, working up through the ranks and retired August 16, 1985 as Regional Freight Manager at Galesburg.
He held many lifetime memberships, Order of DeMolay, Alpha Lodge 155, Galesburg Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria, Mohmmed Shrine of Bartonville where he served as Potentate in 1989. Commander of the Shrine Legion of honor in 1998. President of the Shrine Brass Band. He fully enjoyed helping children and was a driver of the Shrine Hospital van taking children to the Shrineres Hospital at Chicago. He was Co-founder of the Shrine Antique Cars. He served 13 years on the Galesburg Police and Fire Commission. He was a member of the American Legion Post 285.
After retirement he and Juanita traveled to many places around the world. Both had a deep love for music and he played in several bands. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Galesburg.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM Tuesday April 13, 2010 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel with Masonic Services at 7 PM followed by the American Legion Color Guard. Cremation to be accorded with Private Family Graveside Services at a later date at Melvern Cemetery in Melvern, KS. Memorials may be given to the Mohammed Shrine transportation Fund, OSF Hospice, or the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.