Calvin Howard

  • Born: September 16, 1931
  • Died: March 28, 2013
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Calvin Howard, 81, of Springfield, Illinois died on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at St. John's Hospice.

Calvin was born and grew up in Litchfield, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he proudly served his country during the Korean War. He worked for McDonnell Douglas, a major aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor during the jet propulsion era. From there he moved into the Mercury and Gemini space project. At the end of that phase he went to work for and retired from NASA as a Quality Control Engineer, helping to put a man on the moon and assisted the launch of the space shuttle program.

In retirement he had many interests, but was passionate about studying Paleo Indian artifacts. He wrote articles on the subject that were published in Plains Anthropologist, Indian Artifact Magazine, and other publications. He corresponded with friends and archeologists about his research and ideas.

His good friend said, "He was a good friend, Cal has had a good life and made a very worthwhile contribution to society through his love of all things ancient, especially the Clovis culture. It's because of his research, writings, and his will that the rest of us can enjoy a deeper insight into the ancient ways of cultures that came before us. Especially, the Paleo people as they were the most intriguing to him. His presence has touched a lot of likeminded people and he will be leaving a legacy of thoughts and ideas through his conversations and writings that will benefit us as ancient culture enthusiasts for the rest of our lives as well."

An archeologist friend said, "He is a very dear colleague. Calvin was one of the few people who really took an interest in my research and I was grateful for our correspondence over the last twenty years. He specialized in an area of stone tool research for which he was unique and very well known. There are no other archaeologists that discovered or used his techniques of examining stone tools."

He was a loving, caring father and grandfather that will always live in our hearts.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Luella Howard. He is survived by his two sisters, Betty Gunderson and Flora (husband Dale) Whitley; five children, Randy (wife Patty) Howard, Terence Howard, Joni (husband Ken) Hall, Ronnie Howard and Sherry (husband Corey) Kelly; four grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and two nephews.

There will not be a formal funeral service; however, the cremains will be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County, MO. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that you make a donation to your favorite charity or to the George C. Frison Institute at the University of Wyoming Anthropology Department,¬

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Society.