Donald W. Howard

Alton | Sunday, January 16 2011

Donald W. Howard, age 75, died at 9:20pm, Sunday January 16, 2011, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born on March 23, 1935 in Chester Pennsylvania to Charles and Bernice (Pennell) Howard. 

He married Sharon Simmons on October 7, 1966 in Alton, IL.  She survives.

Donald was employed at Laclede Steel in Alton for over 37 years as a store attendant in the wire mill, retiring in 1997.

Donald is survived by his wife; Sharon, two sons; Donald and his spouse Jenny Wattles of Godfrey, IL. and Chuck Wattles of Vancouver, WA. one daughter; Brenda Hensley of Vancouver, WA, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, three brother-in-laws and their spouses; Dallas and Bonnie Simmons, of Scotttsville, KY, Maurice and Barbara Simmons of Bethalto, IL. and Kenny and Denise Simmons of St. Charles, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Charles Howard and two sisters; Lillian Schildroth and Donna Harris.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton, where funeral  services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 with Deacon Bill Kessler officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto, IL.

Memorials may be directed to St. Anthony’s Hospice of Alton.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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