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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.