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PEKIN ~ Gordon B. Howdyshell, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at his residence.

Born March 8, 1926 in Mount Solon, Virginia to Carl Rosco and Ressie Virginia Howdyshell, he married Addie K. Campbell on March 3, 1951 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  She died July 25, 2007 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Charles Vaupel; two brothers, Edgar “Ed” Howdyshell and Melvin “Tom” Howdyshell and five sisters, Robena Dove, Katherine “Kac”Rudolph, Edna “Sis” Jordan, Della Sines and Molly Emmett.

Surviving are four sons, Thomas “Tom” (Janet Lawrence) Gilmer of Colonial Heights, Virginia, Kenneth (Norma) Howdyshell of Punta Gorda, Florida, Wendell Howdyshell and Larry (Jennifer) Howdyshell, both of Pekin; one daughter, Bonnie (Scott) Shipp of Pekin; thirteen grandchildren, Stephanie (Tim) Johnson, Steven Gilmer, Robert (Terrie) Vaupel, Valerie Vaupel, Emily (Richard) Gibson, Brandon (Melissa) Howdyshell, Laurel (Stew) McGinnis, Victoria Howdyshell, Alexandra Howdyshell, TeKara Marion, Jedta Shipp, Dalton (Kayla) Storey and Daylyn  (Joel) Cox,; twenty-one great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mazie Huffer and Polly (Ray) Hise, both of Mount Solon, Virginia.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

A longtime cement finisher, Gordon was a retired member of Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association.  He was initiated a member in 1958.

He loved his children and grandchildren.  He enjoyed socializing, sitting on the porch, gardening, hunting and fishing.  Everywhere he went, he was loved by people.  He also was known to help anyone he could.  He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs.

He was of the Baptist faith.

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Jay Arnold will officiate.  Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.  The family requests friends to dress casual for the visitation and funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, IL 60603.

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