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MAPLETON ~ Darriel C. Howard, 80, of Mapleton, passed away at 9:53 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born February 9, 1938 in Paragould, Arkansas to Colvin E. and Artie Mae (Powers) Howard, he married Nancy Clara Langenbahn on December 3, 1982 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Anthony Wayne (Shelly) Howard of Dawson and Darriel Mark (Chastity) Howard of Missouri; four step-children, Jerry (Lori) Langenbahn of Mapleton, Penny (Scott) Ruschmeyer of Bartonville, Barry (Casey) Langenbahn and Adam Langenbahn, both of Pekin; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janell (Bob) Henderson of Florida and Mary Lou Owens of Redford, Michigan and one step-brother, Dan Langston of Paragould, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Dawn Howard and Deborah Smith and one brother, Jerry Block.

Darriel was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He had worked as a truck driver and was a 35-year member of the Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union Local 627 in Peoria, retiring in 2003.

Darriel loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling with his copilot, Nancy.

His visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the United States Air Force and Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team following the visitation.

Memorial contributions may be given to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

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