Howard Carl Neese I, 90, of Erie, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the First Baptist Church, Erie, with the Rev. Dick Adams and Pastor Robert Bratcher officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Erie, with the Erie Masonic Lodge service at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Erie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Erie. Carl was born July 9, 1922, in Pearl, Ill., the son of William Thomas Neese and Hazel Hall Neese. He married E. Haroldine Crowder on July 30, 1944, in Pleasant Hill, Ill. She died Dec. 19, 1995. He then married Joy Raines Shepherd on Oct. 5, 1997, in Erie. Carl graduated from Nebo High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1948. He was a World War II Navy veteran serving as a pilot during the war. He was a Mason of 61 years and was a 32nd degree. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion, past member of Rotary, and had served on the city council of Erie. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and held many offices of which some were moderator, treasurer, deacon and was a contributing part of reconstructing the front entrance of the church. Carl was a farm adviser for Whiteside County Farm Bureau and then went on to be an insurance agent with Country Companies for more than 37 years and became an independent agent with his son-in-law and son in 1985, retiring after 20 years. He also managed farm estates. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, shooting trap and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Joy; daughter, Darsia Kimball and her husband, Ronald, Erie; son, Howard and his wife, Ranae, Fulton; stepdaughter, Pam Tiemann and her husband, Adam, Erie; stepson, William and his wife, Charlotte, Fenton; granddaughters, Amy (Mark) Wilming, Eldridge, Heidi (Anthony) Finn, Kewanee; two stepgranddaughters, Halie Tiemann, South Carolina, and Hope Tiemann, Erie; two stepgrandsons, Wyatt and Carter Shepherd; one stepgreat-grandson, Andrew Wilming; and two great-grandsons, Michael Wilming and Tyler Finn. He is also survived by one sister, Anna Beryl Turner; sister-in-law, Neta Neese; sister-in-law, Donna June and her husband, Thomas Hobbs; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Crowder and Wayne Yelton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Lyndle and Lucille Neese; brother, Lowell Neese; sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Ed Hoover; brother-in-law, Cecil Turner; sisters-in-law, Jean Crowder, Gloria Yelton, Bettye Capps; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mae and Harold Crowder. Share a memory or condolence at gibsonbodefh.com.
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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city? 1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.