Gregory J. ‘Greg’ Howe

Gregory J. ‘Greg’ Howe, age 76, of Mendon, IL, died on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 in his home. He was born on October 23, 1946 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Charles and Gladys (Miller) Howe. He married Linda Willer on August 26, 1967. She survives. Greg was a Vice President at Gem City Savings and Loan. He later was Treasurer and Manager of Sheridan Swim Club. He then was the owner of Childs and Howe Autobody.

Greg served as treasurer of Quincy Jaycees and the treasurer of the Rotary Club and their Foundation. He was a member of the Quincy Consistory, a past director and ambassador for the Ansar Shrine Center of Springfield. Greg was a Past President of the Quincy Shrine Club, past treasurer of the Ansar Belgian Hitch and a Past member of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Above all, though, Greg’s greatest love besides his love for his family…was hot rod cars.

In addition to his wife Linda, Greg is survived by:
HIS CHILDREN: Kim Lawrence of Quincy and Darin Howe (Shae) of Denver, NC
GRANDCHILDREN: Zachary Carstens (Sydney), Olivia Howe, Jilian Howe and Cameron Howe.
GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Turner and Knoll Carstens
ONE SISTER: Sandy Williams (Ken) of St. Louis, MO.
Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Charles Howe III along with his wife Shirley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 10:30 AM in St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church, Shriners Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Quincy Notre Dame or to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Don and Diana Mccleary on September 28, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Linda and family,
    Please know you have been and are still in our prayers. We, too, will miss Greg’s wit and wisdom.

  2. George E. Fuhr on September 28, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    I will alway hold close to my heart the many fond memories Greg and I shared. I no in my heart he is now in a wonderful place. The good lord assured us of that. My prayers are with Linda and the family. Greg will be missed and remembered for his many good gifts to others!!

  3. Dwight Seeley on September 28, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    My sympathy to you and your family. I first met Greg and brother Charles when we attended Madison Grade School. I would see Greg over the years at the body shop, Sheridan etc., and he was always fun to talk to and recall”old times”.

  4. Deb Stotts on September 28, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Linda, I’m so so very sorry!!
    I loved this guy and you too!!
    My thoughts n prayers are with you!

  5. Amy Altmix Garant on September 28, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. I know that his spirit and your wonderful memories will be with you forever.

  6. Carolyn Waterkotte on September 29, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Linda, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Charles and Shirley were our neighbors and they always spoke very lovingly of you and Greg. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers 🙏

  7. Lonny Lemon on September 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Linda, Kim, and Darin: I was saddened to hear about the loss of your loving husband, and father. Your entire family have always been special to me, ever since your QND days. I will pray that God brings you the strength you need in any trying days ahead; and that HE will fill your heart and souls with only the great memories you created, and then shared with Greg. God Bless.

    • Chet Vahle on September 29, 2023 at 7:48 pm

      Who cannot remember ever running into Greg, usually with Linda by his side, without a big warm smile on his face and a heartfelt greeting? A friend since childhood, I have great memories and was always glad to run into him and know that his inquiries about our kids were sincere, especially since he treated them so well when he ran Sheridan Swim Club. May God grant his family peace and comfort in the knowledge that Greg was well thought of by so many people.

  8. Damhorst Rita on September 29, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Linda, I’m so sorry about the loss of Greg. May you & your family remember all the good memories in your lives. He was a wonderful family man.

  9. Sue Duesterhaus on September 30, 2023 at 8:52 am

    Linda & family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. Michael and Victoria Haxel on October 1, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Linda and family —- we are so saddened to see the passing of Greg ….. you are in our thoughts and prayers — God Bless you and wrap his arms around

  11. Myron W. Witt on October 2, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I have know Greg through his ownership of his body shop and have been blessed to stay friends after he retired. I feel I have been very Blessed to know him and I have always loved the way he knew how to live life to its fullest including with family and with friends. I have never known someone like him who has done so much in one lifetime. He was blessed to have a wonderful family and countless friends. My prayers are with his family that he Loved so much. Thanks to God for letting me to Know Greg and you know he is driving 100 mph to Heaven

  12. Ron And Jan Cook on October 3, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Linda and family, so sorry to hear about Greg a great guy who will be greatly missed.

  13. Jim Vahle on October 3, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Linda and family. An old friend from the Quincy Ave neighborhood was kind enough to send me the notice of Greg’s passing. It has probably been 50 years since I have seen you guys but I would have immediately tecognized Greg if we passed on the street. Sounds like you had a wonderful life together and that Greg was known and loved by all he met. What a wonderful legacy. Jim Vahle

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