Howard Carl Neese I, 90, of Erie, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the First Baptist Church, Erie, with the Rev. Dick Adams and Pastor Robert Bratcher officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Erie, with the Erie Masonic Lodge service at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Erie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Erie. Carl was born July 9, 1922, in Pearl, Ill., the son of William Thomas Neese and Hazel Hall Neese. He married E. Haroldine Crowder on July 30, 1944, in Pleasant Hill, Ill. She died Dec. 19, 1995. He then married Joy Raines Shepherd on Oct. 5, 1997, in Erie. Carl graduated from Nebo High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1948. He was a World War II Navy veteran serving as a pilot during the war. He was a Mason of 61 years and was a 32nd degree. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion, past member of Rotary, and had served on the city council of Erie. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and held many offices of which some were moderator, treasurer, deacon and was a contributing part of reconstructing the front entrance of the church. Carl was a farm advisor for Whiteside County Farm Bureau and then went on to be an insurance agent with Country Companies for over 37 years and became an independent agent with his son-in-law and son in 1985, retiring after 20 years. He also managed farm estates. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, shooting trap and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Joy; daughter, Darsia Kimball and her husband, Ronald, Erie; son, Howard and his wife, Ranae, Fulton; stepdaughter, Pam Tiemann and her husband, Adam, Erie; stepson, William and his wife, Charlotte, Fenton; granddaughters, Amy (Mark) Wilming, Eldridge, Heidi (Anthony) Finn, Kewanee; two stepgranddaughters, Halie Tiemann, South Carolina, and Hope Tiemann, Erie; two stepgrandsons, Wyatt and Carter Shepherd; one stepgreat-grandson, Andrew Wilming; and two great-grandsons, Michael Wilming and Tyler Finn. He is also survived by one sister, Anna Beryl Turner; sister-in-law, Neta Neese; sister-in-law, Donna June and her husband, Thomas Hobbs; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Crowder and Wayne Yelton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Lyndle and Lucille Neese; brother, Lowell Neese; sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Ed Hoover; brother-in-law, Cecil Turner; sisters-in-law, Jean Crowder, Gloria Yelton, Bettye (Bobby) Capps; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mae and Harold Crowder. Share a memory or condolence at gibsonbodefh.com.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.