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Howard A. Carr

December 29, 1935 -
December 27, 2021

Howard “Corky” Carr died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, December 27th, 2021, in Champaign, Illinois at the age of 85.

Howard is survived by his children, Tim (Robin) Carr of Rogers, AR, Mindy Reiter-Brunner (Bill) of Urbana, IL and Todd (Maureen) Carr of Chicago, IL; brother, Wally Carr of Plainfield…read more

Howard “Corky” Carr died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, December 27th, 2021, in Champaign, Illinois at the age of 85.

Howard is survived by his children, Tim (Robin) Carr of Rogers, AR, Mindy Reiter-Brunner (Bill) of Urbana, IL and Todd (Maureen) Carr of Chicago, IL; brother, Wally Carr of Plainfield, IN; sister, Pam Bode of Waterloo, IL; grandkids, Cassie Carr, Taylor Reiter, Joseph Reiter, David Carr; and several close extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his wife Albertha “Terri” Carr, son, Michael, parents, Thomas and Dorothy Carr, sisters, Shirley Schlemmer, Jackie Sawchik and brothers, Hal Lee Carr, and Lou Carr.

Howard was born on December 29, 1935, in Valmeyer, Illinois and shortly thereafter his family moved to Waterloo, IL. It was there, where Howard met his future wife, Terri at Gibault Catholic High School. Howard joined the United States Air Force after graduating high school and was stationed in Washington State working in communications. Howard and Terri were married on April 7, 1956. After completing his service in the Air Force, Howard and Terri moved to the Champaign area ultimately establishing their family home on Park Lane where they lived for 45 years raising their 3 children.

After leaving the Air Force and returning to Champaign, Howard attended Illinois Commercial College where he earned his degree in Accounting. Howard then went on to work for Champaign County Bank and Trust where he became a Vice President. Realizing that banking wasn’t his passion, Howard left the bank and started a home remodeling business on his own. Some years later, Howard and his wife Terri would combine their talents and open Terri’s Interior Design focusing on full-service interior design and home remodeling until they retired in 2014. Together they participated in several Champaign Builder Showcase of Homes where they took home a number of awards.

In his time away from work, Howard was never one to sit still. Inevitably, you would find him working on one of his several home remodeling projects, tending to his landscaping, cooking in the outdoor kitchen, enjoying a round of golf, traveling on yearly trips with his siblings and their spouses, taking in the symphony at Krannert and of course spending time with his family and grandkids who he adored. Somehow, he also found time to volunteer at Provena Hospital and Habitat for Humanity.

Howard will always be remembered for having a kind heart, infectious smile, and ability to do anything he put his mind to.

Howard was a devoted member of St Matthews Catholic Parish in Champaign for over 55 years.

A funeral is scheduled for 10:00 AM Thursday, January 6th, St Matthews Catholic Parish, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821, 217-359-4224. Visitation will precede the funeral from 9:00 to 9:30 AM CST at the Parish. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation on Howard’s behalf be made to “The Alzheimer’s Association” (www.alz.org).

The family would like to give a special thanks to Transitions Hospice and the countless friends who helped Howard and his family over the last several years.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Time: 09:00 am

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Address:

1303 Lincolnshire Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61821

Service Information

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Address:

1303 Lincolnshire Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61821

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