Howard R. Newquist Sr.
1924 - 2021
310 OAK ST
De Kalb, IL
Howard R. Newquist Sr.
Born: January 5, 1924
Died: June 23, 2021
Howard R. Newquist Sr. (97) passed away peacefully at home on June 23rd surrounded by his family. Born to Mabel and Harvey Newquist Sr. on Jan 5, 1924. Howard grew up the oldest of the five boys.
Howard met his wife Irene while attending St Ambrose College in Davenport Iowa.
He was a WWII veteran and spent his time in the Philippines. Howard worked for his father at the Newquist Foundry for a couple years, Blackhawk loans, and Mercury Acceptance Corp. Later, he finished his financial career as President of Sycamore Community Credit Union from 1967 to 1986.
Howard was a Kiwanian for many years and loved selling peanuts and became a Kiwanis Fellow. He also was an avid Ham radio operator and member of The Kishwaukee Radio Club. He enjoyed many field days and hamfests. He also spent time educating younger members and future members in the art of Morse code.
Howard and Irene enjoyed both their homes in DeKalb and Florida. Their homes were always open to many friends and family. He and Irene spent many Christmases in Florida with them.
Howard had a hobby of collecting cars He always had some unique cars especially his convertibles. He was always doing something interesting playing his piano, he also was a clarinetist and violin player.
In his later years he enjoyed sitting on his deck, with a Jim Beam Manhattan, a cigar and his faithful companion Ellie, his dog by his side. He will be missed by all with his quick wit and funny jokes. We all loved mom and dad dearly, they were the best!
He was preceded in death by his wife Irene, his parents, Harvey Sr. and Mabel Newquist and two brothers; Richard and Donald.
He is survived by his five children; Mary (Bryan) Rice, Howard Jr (Tamara) Newquist, Jane (Craig) Buttrey, Stephen (Ann) Newquist, Thomas Newquist (Sharon Burke).
Howard is also survived by his two brothers Harvey Jr., and John Newquist.
He has eight grandchildren; Michael and Mark Rice, Christopher, Chad, Colby, Newquist and Nicolette Mense, Andrew and Lauren Buttrey. They all enjoyed celebrations, Florida time and Harry Potter with him.
Howard had Four Great-Grandchildren; Owen Rice, Mason Mense, Ella and Adalyn Buttrey.
He has now joined his dear wife Irene in heaven.
As we always heard, this is WA9TXW signing out for the last time.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 10:30am at St. Mary Catholic Church in DeKalb with Father Dean Russell officiating. Burial will be held immediately following the service at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Finch Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the family to be established at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL 60115 815-758-3841.

Published by Daily-Chronicle from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2021.
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I enjoyed visiting about Credit Unions over the years. Rest in Peace!
Dennis Schaefer
July 2, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family
Vickie "Rohn" Powell
June 26, 2021
So sorry to hear about Howard. He was well loved in the Ham Radio Community.
Thomas Lower - K9GPC
June 26, 2021
The Rainwaters
June 25, 2021
My sympathies to Steve & all the extended family. I can still recall seeing Mr. Newquist at DHS sporting events.
Clark Chapman
June 25, 2021
The Harvey Newquist Family
June 25, 2021
To his family Howard was not only my brother but best friend. Throughout his life he and Irene Treated me as a member of his family. From my early age he taught me if you want something work hard and achieve it. He was right and it happened. Thank you and good bye dear brother. May your soul Rest In Peace. Love John
John Newquist
June 24, 2021
You have my sympathy. I have nice memories of the Newquist family from our days on Kendall Lane. . . as well as when your Mother and I taught at the same school in the late '60s. These memories have become lifetime memories.
Lorna Vogt
June 24, 2021
To Steve , Howie and family I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing you are all in my prayers
Joe Japuntich
June 24, 2021
My sympathies to the Newquist Family. Howard was my hero in 1972 when I joined the Credit Union at the age of 18, I was in college and working at Duplex. I signed up at Credit Union and he shook my hand and ask if there was anything else he could do for me. Kiddingly, I said I could use a new car. He told me to pick one out at Spikes in Sycamore and come back and talk to him. I picked out a 1972 Chevelle, Spike called Howard and I drove it home! Amazing the customer service given and the kindness received by this man over the many years. Every 4 years until he left I shook his hand and left in my new car! I met Howard Jr, Tammy, and their children, Chris, Chad, Colby and Nikki through my job at the school district and West Elementary. The kindness has definitely trickled down through the years. So sorry again for the loss of a very kind man. Sincerely, Vickie (Yeoward) Foster.
Vickie Foster
June 24, 2021
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