Richard E. “Rick” Howard, 66, of Springfield, passed away July 18, 2021 at Southbrook Care Center. He was born June 13, 1955 in Springfield. Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked as a diesel mechanic and truck driver before retiring from Navistar after many years employment. He was a member of the Union Club, and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and collecting guns. Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, Judy (Hayes) Howard; three children, Skipper (Katherine) Howard, Richard Albert Howard II (Mary Parker), and Nicole (Eric) Stephenson; ten grandchildren, Shawn, Alissa, Katie, Taylor, Christian, Kaden, Joseph, Zoe, Ashyla, and Braylon; siblings, Stephanie (Dahl) Johnson, Stephen (Shari) Howard, and Janet (Gary) Blain; special friend, Rodney Kaffenbarger; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Albert Howard; mother, Bernice Mae (Johnson) Howard-Calvert; stepfather, Bill Calvert; and infant twin grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm Saturday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services and military honors will immediately follow at 4:00 pm. Condolences may be shared at www.jkzfh.com.
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