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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I loved Calley so much, I am about 6 years younger than he was but he was always a person I looked up to. We lived in Chicago when we were kids, and every summer my Mom Ruth ( Calley's Mothers sister) and my brother and sister and I would go to Litchfield for most of the summer. He always took time to talk to me and kid with me it made me feel so good when a teen would spend time with me.

We went swimming and fishing and just had a good time. I am going to miss talking to him, and just to know he is no longer here is so awful, he was a gentle quiet soul and I know that everyone who knew him loved him.

Donna Ciasto

Posted by Donna Naghtin Ciasto - Lake Forest, IL - first Cousin   April 28, 2013

Please accept our condolences, we know Calvin will be missed by all. We only met Calvin a few times but Calvin gave us many gifts which we still enjoy. The first gift Calvin gave us was his children's friendship. To gauge a man's gifts as a man look to his children. and we found all his children loving, loyal, intelligent and gifted, each in their own way. Calvin's gift of finding artifacts was passed to us through his children this is another gift Calvin gave us. The incredible stories his children told of his artifact finding adventures left us with wonder and to see even a part of his collection and listen to him tell us the history was an incredible moment in our lives. Calvin was a gift to all of us, a true adventurer who passed on a love of nature and how to enjoy the gifts it gives you. We never walk beside a river or pass an eroded embankment without searching for fossils and artifacts. Thank you Calvin, for this gift and the gift of your children.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Calvin's entire family, Jackie Dill and David Linder

Posted by Jackie and David - Richmond, TX - Friends   April 26, 2013


Randy, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Patty, and your family. Even though we never had the pleasure of meeting Calvin, we can see how you developed the fondness for Artifacts and Archaeology.

Having lost someone is a difficult time in your life. May God provide you and your family the strength you need to cope at this difficult time.

Patty and Tony Duran

Posted by Patty Duran - San Antonio, TX   April 20, 2013


Cal's family and my mother's family grew up across the street from one another in Litchfield, Illinois. My Aunt Joyce's future husband Duane was also a neighbor at that time, and he and Calvin were buddies. Calvin heard of Duane's passing in 1985 and after 30 years of no contact, paid a "respect" visit to Joyce. That was the beginning of 28 years of a loving friendship. During those years, Cal was "family" to all my family. We visited, shared family celebrations and sadness, laughter and tears. I too share the remembrances the others have left here.

Calvin brought me Henry David Thoreau. One of my fondest memories will be the morning he phoned and asked if I had time, he wanted to read me the following from Thoreau's "Walden."

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars."

Thank you Calvin.
Our Love Goes With You

Posted by Sherry Haynes - Norman, OK - "Adopted" Neice   April 10, 2013

Thanks you for letting us know of Cal's death. We have great memories of your dad.

Posted by Dale & Sharon Haines - Friendswood, TX - Close friend & co-worker to Dale   April 08, 2013

I only knew Calvin for eight years, but trust me it was a great and interesting eight years. Calvin was a man of men, a very good man, we would have very long talks, some about years of yesterday, some of today and some of tomorrow, some of health, government, how to fix the worlds problems. However some of the best talks would be about the Clovis people, or other people of yesteryear. I always looked forward to Calvin's visits to Wyoming. Calvin was one of the most sincere people that I have ever known when it comes to authenticating artifacts. He would always tell me his method of doing so, it was very interesting to listen to him. Words will never describe how much I will miss Calvin, so till we meet again in the hereafter Calvin. Vaya con dios my good friend!

Jack Conner
4199 s-p road
Casper, Wyoming 82604

Posted by Jack M Conner - Casper, ID - A good friend   April 08, 2013

I was so shocked when I heard of Calvin's passing. I am still having trouble knowing that I will not be able to talk to him or see him again. I loved him dearly, His smile laugh and just being himself will be missed . Calvin's Mother was my Mothers sister, and we spent almost every summer in Litchfield when I was young. He always took the time to talk to me, laugh and just be my friend.

I know his Children will not remember me as I saw you when you were all very young. I know he was a wonderful Father, and spent his life raising you and being a great grand-father.

I Pray for your comfort at this time, and just keep remembering all the good times that you had, I know I will do the same.

May God bless all of you.


Posted by Donna Naghtin, Ciasto - Lake Forest, IL - Cousin,   April 08, 2013


One of Dad's favorite Emily Dickinson poems (988)

The Definition of Beauty is
That Definition is none-
Of Heaven, easing Analysis,
Since Heaven and He are one.

Posted by Sherry Howard Kelly - Bandera, TX - daughter   April 06, 2013