Howard F. Newman, 89, a resident of Hillcrest Home, Geneseo, formerly of Annawan and Osco, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Hillcrest Home. Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Rev. Jan Veseth will officiate. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. A visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the church. Memorials may be left to Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born on Nov. 9, 1923, in Cambridge, the son of S. Frederick and Jennie Marie (Stewart) Newman. He began farming at the home farm in rural Orion and then later continued farming in Osco until his retirement in 1990. He married Marilyn Ruth Barton on Feb. 15, 1948, in Geneseo. She died in 1981. He married Donna Bollengier on Jan. 23, 1982, in Annawan. She died in 2005. He was a devoted husband and spent many years caring for both his first and second wives throughout each of their lengthy infirmities.
He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. He also dedicated considerable time and energy serving his community and took pride in his civic activities. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Orion; he served on the Orion School District School Board, the Henry County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Supervisors of Osco Township and the Augustana Lutheran Church Board. After his active farming life, he truly enjoyed the leisure of living in town. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing buddies and his coffee drinking pals at the Purple Onion in Annawan. He spent the last two years of his life at Hillcrest Home and expressed thankfulness for being well taken care of. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his caring family
Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Pat) Newman of Monroe, Wis. and Ken Newman of Santee, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jenny (Dan) Graunke, Brett (Brittney) Newman and Kristin Newman; two great grandchildren, Landon and Adalyn; two brothers, Dwayne (Barb) Newman of Orion and Ray (Ruth Ann) Newman of Orion. He was preceded in death by his parents, two spouses, five sisters, one brother, one daughter-in-law and one infant grandson.