DANVILLE – John "Jack" Wesley Howland III, 65, of Danville went to be with the Lord at 11:50 p.m. EST Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Jack was born in Peoria on April 25, 1950. He was the son of the late John W. Howland Jr. and Doris L. (Day) Howland. Jack grew up in Chillicothe, graduating from Chillicothe High School in 1968.
Jack joined the Air Force in August 1969 and served his great country for four years. After his service time, he attended the University of Illinois, majoring in business.
Jack was in the automobile industry for 40-plus years and had a passion for helping others. He was known and respected in the community for his knowledge and integrity.
Surviving Jack are his loving wife, Nedra J. (Malloy) Howland, whom he married July 12, 1969; two children, Brian (Liz) Howland and Jenny (Bill) Parliament; and six grandchildren, Alexis Martin, Westley Howland, Joah Howland, Kailey Parliament, Kyle Parliament and Jacob Parliament.
He is also survived by four loving sisters, Kathy Carpentier, Pam (Jack) Harvey, Barb (Steve) Luckhart and Lisa Vogel, all residing in the Peoria area.
Jack enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling, reading his Bible, being a part of the Second Church of Christ family, watching sports and spending time with family and friends. He also was a Mason and past monarch of the GAO Grotto.
Jack really loved being around people and never knew a stranger. His jokes will be told for years to come. He will be sadly missed by many.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Danville; and a celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Second Church of Christ in Danville with Drew Mentzer officiating.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in Jack's name to the Jack Howland Memorial Cancer Fund. Condolences may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.