Funeral services celebrating his life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Rev. Jan Veseth will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation for Howard will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be left to Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Howard was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Cambridge, the son of S. Frederick and Jennie Marie Stewart Newman. He began farming at the home farm in rural Orion and then later continued farming in Osco until his retirement in 1990. Howard was united in marriage to Marilyn Ruth Barton Feb. 15, 1948, in Geneseo. She preceded him in 1981. He married Donna Bollengier Jan. 23, 1982 in Annawan. She preceded him in 2005. Howard was a devoted husband and spent many years caring for both his first and second wives throughout each of their lengthy infirmities.
Howard was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. He also dedicated considerable time and energy serving his community and took pride in his civic activities. Howard was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Orion; he served on the Orion School District School Board, the Henry County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Supervisors of Osco Township and the Augustana Lutheran Church Board. After his active farming life, he truly enjoyed the leisure of living in town! Howard enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing buddies and his coffee drinking pals at the Purple Onion in Annawan. He spent the last two years of his life at Hillcrest Home and expressed thankfulness for being well taken care of. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his caring family.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Pat) Newman, Monroe, Wis., and Ken Newman, Santee, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jenny (Dan) Graunke, Brett (Brittney) Newman and Kristin Newman; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Adalyn; two brothers, Dwayne (Barb) Newman, Orion, and Ray (Ruth Ann) Newman, Orion.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; two spouses; five sisters; one brother; one daughter-in-law and one infant grandson.
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