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Obituary for Dean C. Howard
PEORIA-Dean C. Howard, 92, of Peoria passed away at 10:35 a.m. on August 1, 2011, at the Apostolic Christian Skylines. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 17, 1918, to Thomas and Florence Dean Howard. He married Patricia Smith in Sandusky, Ohio on May 26, 1945. She preceded him in death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Marion. He served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Third Fleet in the Pacific during World War II. Dean was a professor at Bradley University in the music department for 36 years retiring in 1984. He was a former member of the Peoria Symphony, Peoria Municipal Band, and the Bradley Community Chorus and Orchestra. During this time, Dean also served at the choir director of the 1st United Methodist Church in East Peoria and the Forrest Hill United Methodist Church in Peoria. While teaching at Bradley, Dean received the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1962, the Outstanding Educator's Award in 1973 and the Who's Who in Music in 1974. Many of his compositions have been published and in 1983, he was commissioned to compose "Celebration" for the Peoria Civic Center opening. Dean also enjoyed playing the piano. He was self-taught in watercolor and received numerous awards from 1965-1990. Surviving are three sons, Tim (Sandi) Howard of Florida, Tom (Debbie) Howard of Peoria and Ted Howard of East Peoria; his grandsons, Christopher and Patrick Howard. The family would like to thank all the caring staff at the Apostolic Christian Skylines. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria with Rev. John Zingaro officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 am. before services. Cremation rites accorded. Private graveside services will be held in Ohio at a later date. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or WTVP.