IPAVA - Rex A. Howard, age 61, of Ipava, IL, formerly of Bushnell, IL, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Monday October 19, 2009, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
Rex was born on September 15, 1948, in Marietta, IL, to Morris and Hazel Paul Howard. He married Paulette Lane on November 24, 1976, in Bushnell, IL.
He is survived by his wife, Paulette of Ipava, IL; 1 daughter, Jean (Chris) Cox of Bushnell, IL; and 3 sons, Wesley (Zulma) David of Macomb, IL, Rex Howard Jr. of Donnellson, IA, and Tom R. Howard of Bushnell, IL; along with 6 grandchildren. Rex is also survived by 1 sister, Faye (Ralph) Heap of Bushnell, IL; and 2 brothers, Eldon (Linda) Howard of Ipava, IL., and Tom (Dianna) Howard of Bushnell, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.
Rex worked as a supervisor for IDOT and was a member of the Ipava American Legion and the Bushnell VFW, and he was also a member of the T.J. Pickett Masonic Lodge in Bushnell, IL. He also served in the Seabees in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Masonic services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in the Marietta Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the T. J. Pickett Masonic Lodge in Bushnell, IL.