|Bill W. Howe, 76, of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Monmouth, died at 7:22 P.M. Thursday, September 10, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington, IL.
He was born August 28, 1933 at Monmouth, the son of Albert L. and Gladys M. (Hook) Howe. He was raised and educated in Monmouth where he graduated from Monmouth High School in 1952.
Bill married Marilyn F. Deal on July 22, 1956 in Galesburg, IL and she survives.
He had worked at Platt's Men's Wear, 2nd National Bank of Monmouth, Gale Products, Lovdahl and Howe Brothers Bookkeeping and retired from Monmouth Stone Co. in 1996. He and Marilyn had run the concession stand at Monmouth Park in 1967 and 1968.
He was a member of the First Christian Church where he had served as a Deacon. He was a charter member of the Monmouth Jaycees, served as treasurer and board member of the Warren County YMCA, formed and served as coach for the YMCA Midget Baseball League. He joined the Monmouth Lions Club in 1970 and served in all of the offices. He coached Lion Little League and served as Commissioner. He has held several District offices in Lions Club, including the Coordinator of the eye donation program and delivery of donated tissue. He served as District Lions Club Governor from 1996-1997 and also served as Lions State Treasurer. He helped establish the Monmouth Noon Lions Club. He transferred to the Danvers Lion Club after moving to Bloomington. He had played softball in Florida until 2008 and was an avid Chicago Bear and Cub fan.
His family includes his wife Marilyn, one son Willie "Bill" (Cindy) Howe, Jr. of Roscoe, IL, one daughter Brenda (Jeff) Leopard of Bloomington, Grandchildren, Stephanie N. Howe and Stacey K. Howe both of Roscoe and Alison K. Leopard, Jamie E. Leopard and Melissa F. Leopard all of Bloomington, two sisters, Maradine Harrison of Tucson, AZ and Erma (Frank) Kellogg of Monmouth, three brothers, L. Max (Pauline) Howe of Monmouth, James (Judy) Howe of Monmouth and Loren (Nancy) Howe of Kemp, TX along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Donald L Howe.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday. September 14, 2009, at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth. Burial will be in Warren County Memorial Park. Friends may call after noon on Sunday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel where his family will be present from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Memorial may be left for the Lions of Illinois Foundation Fund.
Online condolences may left at hooverhall.com.