Howard S. Carley, 99, of Kewanee, Il. and formerly of rural Neponset died at 4:05 P.M. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Liberty Village in Princeton, Il.
Howard was born January 21, 1914 in Macedonia, Ia. the son of Arthur Lewellen and Lottie S. (Dye) Carley. During the depression, Howard and his brother Marion picked corn by hand for farmers working their way east into Illinois He worked for International Harvestor in Moline from 1936 to 1940. Howard married Doris Mae Earley on June 26, 1937 in Annawan, Il. The couple farmed in the Neponset area for many years prior to retirement. In 1980 they moved to Kewanee. Howard continued to farm with his son until he was 94 years old.
Doris died January 10, 2003. Howard was also preceded in death by a daughter Margaret Ann Carley, a grandson Michael Molyneux, two brothers Glenn and Marion Carley and three sisters Marie Kayton, Nina Thomas and Lorraine Norton.
Surviving are four daughters Carolyn (Ronald) Miller of Neponset, Barbara McCullough of Champaign, Il., Arlene (Michael) Stone of Buda and Mary (James) Molyneux of Bettendorf, Ia., one son Dwain (Debbie) Carley of Neponset, twelve grandchildren Mark and Phillip Miller, Carley Elswick, Ryan McCullough, Cherie House, Sarah DeWaele, Matthew Molyneux, Megan Cripe, Karen Scott, Mary Carley, Emily Holton and McKensie Carley, fifteen great grandchildren Kris and Kanen Reed, Ariana Miller, Mary and Lena Miller, Brady Amico, Elijah, Leah and Elise House, Lance DeWaele, Mya and River Molyneux, Kaylin and Kelsey Scott and Beau Holton.
Howard was a member of the Neponset United Methodist Church where he served on the Church board, the Neponset Board of Education, Neponset Farmer’s Grain Elevator Board of Directors and the Bureau County Farm Bureau
Howard enjoyed trap shooting and fall was his favorite time of year as he enjoyed driving the combine at harvest time. Howard and Doris enjoyed 65 ½ years together raising their family and in turn watching their children raise their families. Howard had a special relationship with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Howard and Doris enjoyed traveling and destinations included Europe and Hawaii. They also spent two decades wintering in Mission, Texas. The couple played cards in several card clubs. They had many friends in Neponset, Kewanee and Texas.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Neponset, Il. Rev. Andrew Hopp will officiate. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset, Il. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Neponset First United Methodist Church or the Neponset Historical Society.