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Howard Leon Douglas

September 21, 1921 December 4, 2009
Howard Leon Douglas
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Obituary for Howard Leon Douglas

CLINTON, IN --- Howard Leon Douglas, age 88 of Clinton, Indiana, formerly of Hindsboro, Illinois, passed away at 11:30 AM, Friday, December 4, 2009 at his home in Clinton. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, December 8 at Standard Funeral Home in Oakland, with Lay Minister John Martin officiating. Burial will be at VanVoorhis Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Sgt. C. W. Clement Post 3637 Oakland, Illinois and American Legion Robert Willoughby Post 977 Brocton, Illinois. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 Tuesday morning, immediately prior to the funeral service. Howard Leon Douglas was born on September 21, 1921 in Hindsboro, Illinois, the son of Ralph and Ethel Marie Hanks Douglas. He was educated in the Hindsboro area, and graduated in 1939. He then attended two years of business college in Champaign, Illinois. From 1942 to 1946 Leon served in the United States Navy as a machinist’s mate third class. On October 16, 1948 he married Marjorie Louise Barnett in Arcola, Illinois. Survivors include his wife Marjorie Douglas of Clinton, Indiana; one son, Robert John Douglas of Urbana; one daughter, Brenda Alabaugh and husband Robert of Clinton, Indiana; two granddaughters, Avada Douglas of Boston, Massachusetts, and Andrea Deitchley and husband Matt of South Bend, Indiana; one grandson, David Alabaugh of Terre Haute, Indiana; and two sisters, Frieda Roberts of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Joyce Seitz of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister. Leon was employed for several years at Hindsboro Implement Company and Arcola Bank. He then worked as a clerk for the United States Post Office in Urbana, where he worked for over 30 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Hindsboro American Legion, the Hindsboro United Methodist Church, the Oakland Masonic Lodge, and the 32nd Degree Danville Consistory. He also attended the First United Methodist Church in Clinton, Indiana. A memorial fund is being established for either the Hindsboro Methodist Church or the Hindsboro Civic Center.

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