Kenneth E. Howard

August 5, 1944 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Kenneth Howard Obituary

Kenneth Eugene Howard was born on August 5, 1944 and passed away on January 23, 2024. Kenneth E. Howard was born to Dorthey Mae Howard and Edward Howard on August 5, 1944 in Joliet, IL. Kenneth E. Howard was called home to be with the Lord on January 23, 2024 at the age of seventy-nine with his wife and family by his side. Kenneth was baptized at Second Baptist Church Joliet, IL as a child and rededicated his life to Christ in July of 2004 at Living Word Christian Center Forest Park, IL. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Dorothy Mae Howard, Father, Edward Howard; Grandmothers, Julia Howard and Anna Saunders Grandfathers, Enoch Howard and Walter Saunders; Aunts, Helen (James) Harris, Catherine Saunders, Anna (Lamar) Brookins, Ida Saunders; Uncles, Richard (Mattie) Saunders, Tom (Irene) Saunders, and Walter (Jaruth) Saunders-Tumvling. 

Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marguerite (Hill) Howard; His Sons, Kenneth (Quita) Howard and Marc Howard; Grandchildren, Rashad Gatlin, Kalilah Howard, and Kendrick

Howard; His sister, Karan (Bobby) Lincoln; One Aunt, Beverly Gibson; Special Niece, Shannon Hosey and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Ken attended Eliza Kelly Elementary, Washington Junior High School, and graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1963. He was a standout basketball player on the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team and received 2nd team All-State recognition his Senior year. Ken went on to proudly serve in the United States Army from 1965 to 1971. Ken had a fulfilling work career at Prudential Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Bert Adams Pontiac, and Illinois Department of Corrections for 25 years until he retired. 

Ken was a huge sports fan that loved his Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Bears. Above all, he loved following local High School Hoops and watching his sons Marc and Ken lead the Romeoville Spartans into battle on the hardwood.

Family and Friends visitation will be on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Minor-Morris Funeral Home located at 112 Richard Street Joliet, IL 60433. A Celebration of Ken’s life will continue on Friday, February 9, 2024 with visitation from 9:00 am followed by the funeral service beginning at 11am.  Celebration of Life will be held at Second Baptist Church located at 156 South Joliet Street, Joliet, IL 60436. Interment will follow and Ken will be laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. The repast will take place at the Royal Palace Banquet Hall located at 1416 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois from 3:00pm - 5:00pm 


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February 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minor-Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.
112 Richards Street
Joliet, IL 60433

February 9, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church
156 South Joliet Street
Joliet, Illinois 60436

Celebration of Life
February 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church
156 South Joliet Street
Joliet, Illinois 60436

Interment following funeral service
February 9, 2024

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois 60421


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