Nicholas S. “Nick” Howard 86 of Trilla, Illinois passed away at 6:14 P.M., Thursday, December 24, 2015, in his residence with his family by his side. Nick was born October 14, 1929, in Tompkinsville, Kentucky the son of Cass and Lillie ( Brown) Howard. He married Wanda J. Strader, April 15, 1950, in Mattoon, Illinois. Mr. Howard was retired from the Blaw-Knox Manufacturing Company of Mattoon, IL after thirty-five years of service, he was also a former employee of the Brown Shoe Company also of Mattoon and the New York Central Railroad. He was a member of the Buck Grove Community Church of rural Mattoon, a member of the Wabash Masonic Lodge # 179 A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge. Nick, enjoyed being with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors and he also enjoyed Camping, Fishing and Hunting. Mr. Howard leaves his wife, Wanda J. Howard, of Trilla, IL, after sixty-five years of marriage; one son, Terry Howard and wife Johnna of Sullivan, IL; one daughter, Debra Ramey and husband Pastor, Mitch of rural Shelbyville, IL; two sisters, Vida Croft and Zada Jackson, both of Mattoon, IL; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren. Mr. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ivan and Charles L. Howard. Memorials may be made to the Buck Grove Community Church, 2377 County Rd., 650 E., Mattoon, IL 61938, or Carle Hospice of, Urbana, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. (noon), Monday, December 28, 2015, at the Buck Grove Community Church, rural Mattoon, IL with the Pastor, Mitch Ramey of Humboldt U M C, officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2015, until service time, at the Buck Grove Community Church. Burial will be in the Beals Cemetery, near Trilla, IL. The Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, IL is in charge of arrangements.
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