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Richard passed away peacefully at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016, at VA Illiana Healthcare System, Danville.
Richard was preceded in death by both of his parents, Harold and Margaret Howe, Peoria Heights, Ill. He grew up in Peoria Heights and graduated from Wheaton North HS in 1979. He enlisted in the Army at that time and served two tours of duty in Korea as a field artilleryman.
He is survived by three brothers, Peter of Arlington Heights, Ill., Michael of Peoria Heights, Ill., Thomas (Prasert) of Peoria Heights, Ill.; three sisters, Joan Payne of Streamwood, Ill., Kathleen Getz of Beach Park, Ill. and Mary (Dennis) Marfell of Washington, Ill.; and many nephews and nieces. The caregivers at Danville VA where Richard spent the last 20 years also consider themselves his family and Richard could never say enough good things about them. He dearly loved them all and we will be forever grateful to them for the care they gave him. There will be a visitation from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the VA Catholic Chapel with a prayer service at 6 p.m. with Fr. Hippolytus Njoku officiating. Richard will be interred at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elmwood, Ill. Services will be private. Rortvedt Funeral Services in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
Published on August 8, 2016
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