Allen Howard went to his Heavenly home at 11:25 pm, Sunday, July 12, 2015.
Allen was born August 28, 1935 in Shipman, the oldest child of Oral and Freda Howard. He married Barbara Hollis on May 28, 1961 at West Side Christian Church in Springfield.
Preceding Allen in death were his father and mother and brother, Bill Howard.
Allen graduated from Illiopolis High School. He retired from Dickey-john Corporation in Auburn, Illinois. He served his Country in the US Army from 1958 to 1960 and was assigned to Amberg, Germany as a Supply Specialist. Allen was an avid woodworker and made model farm equipment, tractors, combines, trucks, etc. He traveled to several farm toy shows in the Midwest area. He was a twenty year participant in the crafts at the Midwest Old Threshers event in Mt. Pleasant, IA. He loved to garden and work in the yard. Allen also was an animal lover of all kinds, but especially fond of cats. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, brother, uncle and special friend. Allen was a member of West Side Christian Church in Springfield.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Jim (Glenn Bastek) Howard of Seattle, WA; sisters, Eugenia (Carl) Denton of Sacramento, CA, Mary Roszhart of Athens, Audra Howard of Illiopolis, and Brother, Denzil (Pat) Howard of Illiopolis and several nieces , nephews and cousins.
Memorial Gathering: 3-6 pm, Friday, July 17, 2015 at West Side Christian Church.
Funeral Service: 6 pm, Friday, July 17, 2015 at West Side Christian Church with Mike Harney and Cindy Lash officiating.
Private burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Springfield Christian Assembly Eagle Lodge or Lewis Memorial Christian Village.