Kenneth Edward "Ed" Howe (76) of Newton


Published on October 17 2012 3:51 pm

Kenneth Edward "Ed" Howe, 76, of Newton died at 10:40pm Monday, October 15, 2012 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM – Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL.  At 7:00 PM there will be a flag presentation and service of remembrance to follow.  Memorials may be made to the Jasper County Ministerial Association.  The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Kenneth Edward better known as Ed was born on October 1, 1936 in Mt. Carmel, IL the son of William Vern and Verla Catherine (Liddle) Howe.  He had fond memories of summers spent with his grandparents in Friendsville, IL.  Ed served his country in the United States Army in South Korea.  After graduating from Southern Illinois University he went to work at the Social Security Administration in Chicago, IL and retired from there after many years of service.  Upon his retirement in 1997 he moved to Newton, IL.  Ed enjoyed playing bridge, poker, reading and collecting glassware.

Ed is survived by: Brother – Wayne Howe of Newton, IL...Sister – Ann Merrick of Evansville, IN...and 2 Nephews – David and Joe Merrick

Ed will be missed by them and his steadfast housekeeper Stephanie Wagner, who was like a daughter to him.

Ed’s family is grateful to the doctors and staff of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital for the excellent care.