KEWANEE — Howard S. Carley, 99, of Kewanee, formerly of rural Neponset, died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Liberty Village in Princeton.
Howard was born Jan. 21, 1914, in Macedonia, Iowa, 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. 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 Jan. 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, Arlene (Michael) Stone of Buda and Mary (James) Molyneux of Bettendorf, Iowa; one son, Dwain (Debbie) Carley of Neponset; 12 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; 15 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; one brother, Ernest (Myrna) Carley of Carson, Iowa; and one sister, Gertrude Ensign of Arlington, Va.
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 1/2 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 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Neponset, with the Rev. Andrew Hopp officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Neponset First United Methodist Church or the Neponset Historical Society.
Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.