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.
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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.