Howard Geminn, Jr.

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Howard J. Geminn, Jr., loving father of three, born June 29, 1951, in Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully Monday, April 26, 2021, at the age of 69.

Howard graduated from Belleville West High School in 1969 and spent his entire career in the automotive service business. He had a passion for sports, loved playing the drums, smoking cigars, and playing golf with his sons and buddies.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Sr.; his mother, Lucille; and a sister, Sandra.

He will be sorely missed and is survived by his children, Jason (Kim), Justin (Sarah), and Josh (Chasity); eight grandchildren, Jordan, Shai, Trenton, Mackenzie, Wesley, Austin, Ali, and Violet; and a sister, Gloria.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

No funeral services will be held.



26 Comments on Howard Geminn, Jr.

Barb Butler Wormington said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 3:40 PM

I just became aware of this from the BTHS West Class of 1969 website. I'm a little late posting but very sorry for your family's loss. I knew Howard from Union School (same grade, other classroom), but mostly from West Junior High. His smile was contagious and he was always friendly, always seemed happy. God rest his soul; this world needs more like him.

  • Overland Park
  • Kansas
Christy Dewald said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 7:24 PM

Bowie: my heart goes out to your family. You were such an enigmatic person, and I am so happy to have been your high school friend. I will see you on the other side. Christy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike Thompson said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 10:30 AM

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. As a football coach at East since 1966 on, I knew about Howard and his years at West. He missed the first Battle of Belleville in the fall of 1969 by one season. As a tennis coach and teacher at East, I enjoyed the times that I was able to see and talk with your Dad, specially at tennis events. I enjoyed our shared times together. He always talked about all 3 of you fondly. Howard's big smile and great sense of humor were always present, but also his strong competitive spirit. Best Wishes for all of you, especially at this time. Coach Mike Thompson & Wife Carole

  • Belleville
  • IL
John Goodwin said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 8:43 PM

My deep condolences to all of the Geminn family, especially Jason, Justin and Josh. Howard and I have been doing things together for 60+ years. He is my best friend. It's hard to express with words the extent to which he will be missed.Many thanks to his three sons who cared for him the last three months, especially Justin who was with him 24/7 and met every need. God Bless Him. Howard would be so proud. John Goodwin

  • millstadt
  • Illinois
Gerry Geoppo (Yoch) said : Guest Report May 03, 2021 at 7:23 PM

Condolences to the family, didn’t enjoy hitting when Howard was pitching even in little league, in high school we would go to the Sky View drive in on weekends and I think we still hold the record for 5 people in the trunk of his galaxy 500 xl the front end of the car was almost off the ground! Life is the memories you make and that’s how people remember you I could go on and on great athletic and great friend and most of all great person ! Rest In Peace buddy!!

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Don Schneider said : Guest Report May 03, 2021 at 12:04 PM

Howard was a good friend throughout our years at West Junior High and high school. He was extremely nice and friendly at all times. I pray that God be with your family during this time of grief. The world will miss you, Howard.

  • Red Bud
  • Illinois
Tom said : Guest Report May 02, 2021 at 10:11 AM

My sincere condolences to Howard's family. I have many fond memories of Howard that I will remember forever. We were neighborhood buddies and played on youth sports teams together and ran around with the same group of friends. Howard was always smiling and looking for the next reason to laugh. Softball and bowing together later in life. He was always fun to be around. We will miss, but not forget, Howard.-- Tom

  • Millstadt
  • St. Clair
Gary Blome said : Guest Report May 02, 2021 at 9:07 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Howard. Great Guy! Enjoyed being around him with that always present smile and I also enjoyed playing sports with and against him. My deepest sympathy. RIP buddy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rich Caravia said : Guest Report May 01, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Sympathies to the Geminn family. Your Dad and I used to run around in his car (the one that backfired scaring people on the street!) in our Belleville West days. You can't do that anymore. Gruba and I sure had a lot of fun together. RIP Howard. MEMORIES FOREVER.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Rich Caravia said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2021 at 10:52 PM

My deepest sympathies to the Geminn family. Have many fond memories running around with your dad (Gruba !), during our Belleville West days playing football, him playing his drums and us running the town in his car having it backfire scaring people half to death (can't do that now days ). RIP Howard: MEMORIES FOREVER

  • Smithton
  • Il
Zeb Mueth said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2021 at 10:08 PM

Lots of memories with your crazy boys growing up on Tieje. I think I was at your house more than mine. Loved playing golf ?️‍♂️with you and the boys. Always had the utmost Respect for you. You were like a father to me for so many years. Gonna miss you "DADDY WARBUCKS" HAHAHHA. LOVE YOU.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Dale and Angie Daubach said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2021 at 8:11 PM

To our dear friend Howard. We will cherish all the “baseball memories” we had with you among other things, It was a pleasure knowing you - may you Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Darrell Gauch said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM

R.I.P. Howard,you will be missed my friend.Growing up with you and our neighberhood clan in the fifties and sixties left us with some great memories.Later softball, bowling and other activities also added to these memories.My condolences to all the family.BEAR

  • Swansea
  • IL
Steven Ziebold said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 5:36 PM

Howard loved playing drums and percussion in our group and his joy and enthusiasm was felt by all. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten... Our deepest sympathy goes out to Howard’s family.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Vickie Clements said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 1:34 PM

Jason, Justin, & Josh, I remember you boys and Mom & Dad through all our gatherings at Grandma & Grandpa Clements' house. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. My deepest sympathies to all of you and your families! Your Dad had a big heart and a loving soul. He will be missed.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Paul Hendricks said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 11:54 AM

I met Howard in high school, we worked together as managers at Ford dealerships for several years .Although we never got around to playing golf. My thoughts and prayers to his entire family.His constant smile will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Wendy & John Schoenfeldt said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 11:22 AM

So sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for comfort and healing for the entire family. ?????

  • Union
  • Missouri
Kathy Calhoun said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 10:37 AM

I am so ? For your loss No words to express my heart fell for you and family. He is not gone we just don’t see his Physical Body. He will be all around you and family. God bless you all.

  • Fairview hts
  • Ill
Heather Prokopf said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2021 at 10:32 AM

Jason, Justin, and Josh, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's been quite some time since I've spent time with your family, but things like this are always difficult. I'm praying peace and healing for all of you.

  • IL
Justin Geminn said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 9:16 PM

May you Rest In Peace pops!!! Greatest dad a boy could of asked for. Love you and see you soon.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Susan Doyle said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 7:44 PM

Dear Jason, Justin and Josh, I am so sad ant the loss of your dear father . I have many fond memories of being will you all at games . I know how proud he was of all of you. I see he was blessed with many grandchildren . Just keep all the great memories in your hearts and share forever with your children. Howard was a great and sweet man I will never forget . Sending hugs and prayers to all of you for comfort . Love to all Susie Doyle

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Mark M. Clark said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 7:16 PM

Howard and I both went to Union School, but were in different classrooms with different teachers. (Believe it or not, Union School had two "sections" of all our grades -- baby boom!) But both our dads were heavily involved with Northwest Volunteer Fire Department. (My dad was president, and Howard's dad was Chief.) So we got to know each other through NWVFD activities like picnics, dinners, and yes -- Easter egg hunts. We could easily amuse ourselves in those days. For example, after you finished gulping down your Coke or orange soda, you could place the empty paper cup on the hard floor, upside-down, Then if you stomped on it hard enough, it sounded almost like a fire cracker going off. Rest in Peace my old friend and BTHS football/track teammate.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Clay Goodwin said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 6:39 PM

So sorry for your loss Our prayers are with your Family

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Douglas Clements said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 6:20 PM

It's so sad. Howard and I went back a long way. Lots of really unique memories. He will be remembered by many . I will miss him.

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Ronald Wallis said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 4:32 PM

Condolences to all his family. May the memories of his smiles & laughter remain forever with you during these times of sorrow.

  • Oregon City
  • or
Chris Ziebold said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2021 at 3:32 PM

Howard will be sorely missed. Loved playing music, and smoking cigars with him over the years. Our prayers are with him and his family.

  • Missouri

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