Sherwood “Chub” Beldam Howald died in his home at sunset on his 90th birthday, Monday, May 27, 2019, with family by his side.
Chub was born May 27, 1929, in Bunker Hill, IL, to Charles and Helen Howald (née Whitfield). He attended grade schools in Funks Grove, where his parents ran a gas station and diner near the new Route 66, and in Woodburn. He graduated in the class of 1947 at Bunker Hill High School.
Chub is survived by his wife, Gertraud (known as “Traudl” to him and her childhood friends and family; “Judy” to the rest of us). Chub and Traudl met during Chub’s service to the United States Army in Judy’s home city Vienna after the Second World War. They married on May 9, 1951 in a chapel in her home district, then moved back to Bunker Hill later that year. In 1957, they moved into the Woodburn farmhouse on Huette Road that would be their home together for the next 62 years until the evening of his death. During those years, Chub managed to jokingly dub himself “The Mayor of Woodburn,” and perhaps few would contest he earned it given his generosity, interest in others’ wellbeing, irresistible humor, and commitment to his hometown.
Chub worked as a farmer and pipefitter for Local 553. He was a member of the American Legion and First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill, and active in the Macoupin County and Bunker Hill Historical Societies.
Chub’s parents, brother Robert Howald, and sister Bertha Mae Benham preceded him in death. He is survived, cherished, and deeply missed by his sons, Michael Howald of Bunker Hill and Mark Howald of St. Louis; daughter-in-law Roxanne Howald; granddaughters Amanda Bull, Lindsey Patton, and Whitney Vieths; grandsons-in-law Jon Bull, Andy Patton, and Brady Vieths; great-grandchildren Asher Bull, Simon Bull, Eliot Patton, Rylee Vieths; sister Betty Zarges; and sister-in-law Carol Howald.
Friends may call on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral services are Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10am at First Congregational Church, Bunker Hill with Rev. Jeremy Wood officiating. Burial will be at Wood Davis Cemetery, Woodburn, IL.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Bunker Hill Education Foundation or Methodist Food Pantry. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
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