Rev. William “Howard” Thomure

Rev. William “Howard” Thomure
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Rev. William Howard Thomure, 89, of Belleville, IL, born August 2, 1932, in East Prairie, MO, died, November 27, 2021, at Heritage Manor, Gillespie, IL.

Howard graduated from East Prairie High School and Kentucky Christian College. He was a minister for 64 years and last served at First Christian Church of Belleville and Lenzburg United Church of Christ. Howard was married to Margaret, nee Harris, Thomure for 37 years, until her death November 30, 1989. They had three children together. He later married Barbara, nee Williamson, Thomure.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Thomure; his parents, Orville and Georgia, nee Anderson, Thomure; a sister, Maxine; a brother, Earl; and a daughter-in-law, Carla.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara, nee Williamson, Thomure; three sons, Stephen Mark (Dianne) Thomure, Greg H. (Anne) Thomure, and Craig C. (Pam) Thomure; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Belleville, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at First Christian Church of Belleville, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at First Christian Church of Belleville, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


12 Comments on Rev. William “Howard” Thomure

Barbie (Bourne) Hermann said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2022 at 6:54 PM

Rev. Howard impacted my life in so many ways. First, my baptism, then officiating my wedding, and also officiated my daughter's wedding. More than anything, Howard set the standard of what sharing evangelism and being a preacher should be . Always a gentle and kind soul, he was also friends with my grandparents for many years. He was a blessing to my life and many of my family members' lives. What a wonderful man!!! Thank you for sharing your father, grandfather, husband so he could teach us the Lord's word. May you find comfort in knowing the great impact he had on so many people. He was a dedicated and caring individual with a terrific sense of humor. I send my condolences and heartfelt sympathy to your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mark Richison said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2022 at 9:27 AM

I was working on a sermon on heaven and thinking of the great reunion we will enjoy on the others side. Howard is one of the people it will be great to reunite with. He had a kind heart and a love for the Lord that impacted my life.

  • Mount Carmel
  • IL-Illinois
Stephanie Williams said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2021 at 8:01 PM

I’m very sorry lfor your loss. I met Howard at the laundry mat he owned in Caseyville Il. We had a lot in common with being UCC he a pastor and I a Christian Ed Director at a local church. Howard told me a joke that I’ve retold many times. May he RIP. I’m lucky to have know him.

  • Troy
  • Il
Jerry Behrmann said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2021 at 6:50 AM

Mark- Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I remember meeting him while working near his home. What a nice gentleman I remember.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Bob & Joyce Dintelmann said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2021 at 9:23 PM

Our sympathy to Anne Thomure and all the family. Decades ago Reverend Thomure used our business fo landscaping and I remember what a gentleman he was and a pleasure to work with.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gary kins said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 8:06 PM

Ruth and I have prayed that our Father will give you His peace and comfort as you mourn the loss here of your Dad. The sermon I preached last Sunday in remembrance of your Dad was Come Before Winter (a sermon your father preached at first church many times.) He encouraged me to go to bible college to learn more about the Word. He taught me how to really care for people. One day we will be reunited on heavenly shores because he led us to the One who gives life. May His strength be yours as you comfort one another.

  • Sparta
  • Wis
Ken and Marian Eugea said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 3:51 PM

To Mark, Greg and Craig, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of you dad. Howard and Margaret were such good friends of ours when we lived in Belleville and went to First Christian Church. We had so many good times together, one of which was when your whole family visited us here in Georgia. Our prayers are with you all. Ken and Marian Eugea

  • Cumming
  • GA
Ken and Marian Eugea said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 2:26 PM

To Mark, Greg and Craig, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We were very close friends of Howard and Margaret when we lived in Belleville, IL and have fond memories of the times we spent with them and you. We will never forget the fun we had with all of you when you visited us here in Georgia. Prayers for all of you! Marian and Ken Eugea

  • Cumming
  • GA
Vicki & Alex Cavazos said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 1:50 PM

Howard is gone from our sight but never from our hearts. He left us with so many wonderful memories. We loved his laughter and his corny jokes. He was an angel on earth.

  • Schertz
  • Texas
Daniel E Adams said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 12:03 PM

Howard, was a dedicated and compassionate human being, always available to anyone in need. My prayers are with his family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jann Brown said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2021 at 10:56 AM

My deepest condolences to Howard's family and all whose lives he touched. He baptized me at age 10 at First Christian Church in Belleville, and his sermons made me feel connected to God. So glad he is in Heaven to enjoy his Lord of Lords for all eternity!

  • Johns Creek
  • Georgia
Sandra Peebles said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2021 at 7:57 PM

Dear family of Howard Thomure were deeply saddened by his passing. He was a very great man father and grandfather he performed many weddings at first Christian ours included he will surely be missed by his family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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