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Lyn Howard

12/14/1937 - 1/19/2020

PEKIN ~ Lyndell N. “Lyn” Howard, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 12:33 a.m. Sunday, January 19, 2020 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born December 14, 1937 in White Hall to Herman Joseph and Addie Mae (McAdams) Howard, he first married Gladysann “Fritz” Kuenne on August 23, 1958 in Belleville.  He later married Joan A. Svendsen on November 25, 1983 in Pekin.  She died May 19, 2018 in Peoria.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joshua M. Dawe; two brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are six children, Sharon (Ron) Reinartz, Kathi (Tim) Bilyk, Bethann (Mark) Holcomb, Brock Howard, all of Gilroy, California, Julie Dawe and Daniel W. Dawe, Jr., both of Pekin; thirteen grandchildren, Heath Howard, Sarah (Alex) Coleman, Steven Reinartz, Tyler Dawe, Alexander Bilyk, Riley Bilyk, Zackary Holcomb, Brock Howard, Jr., Ella Howard, Isabella Howard, Jayden Dawe, Joslyn Dawe and Joshua Dawe, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Everly and one brother, Larry (Mary) Howard of White Hall.

Lyn retired after a successful career as a field sales representative, last with R.V. Evans in Decatur.  He previously was the executive director at the Community Workshop in Peoria.

Lyn formerly served the City of Pekin as Mayor, as a member of the Police and Fire Commission and was a former auditor with Pekin Township.

He was an old school Country music fan and a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also enjoyed playing golf and knew how to “slice” a golf ball.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  He was a past Grand Knight and member of Knights of Columbus Archbishop Schlarman Council 3507 in Pekin.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Father Michael Andrejek will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pekin Park Foundation, 1701 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois  61554.

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