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Howard D. Mansfield, 77, of Junction City, Kansas, formerly of Palmer, Illinois, died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at his home in rural Geary County, Kansas. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Wares Grove Lutheran Church in Butler, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 one hour prior to service at the church. A second funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ford City, PA. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 one hour prior to service at the church. Burial in the Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ford City, PA.
Howard was born March 23, 1941 in Manor Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Edison and Hazel Mae (Wyant) Mansfield. He attended schools in Ford City, Pennsylvania and graduated from Ford City High School. Howard joined the U.S Army and proudly served for 3 years. After Howard's discharge, he started to work as an Industrial Mechanic for Commonwealth-Edison in Illinois until his retirement. Howard married LaVonne Benninger on September 15, 1962 in Ford City, PA. He and his wife had just moved to Junction City, Kansas in July, 2018. LaVonne survives in rural Geary County, Kansas.
Along with his wife, Howard is survived by: 2 sons, Edmond R. Mansfield and his wife Caroline, Morrisonville, Illinois, and Christopher P. Mansfield and his wife Gesile, Novinger, Missouri; a daughter, Melissa Huddleston and her husband Edward, Manhattan, KS; 5 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and 2 sisters-in-law, Helen Mansfield and Evelyn Mansfield. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Thomas Edison Mansfield, Lloyd Wyant Mansfield, and Harold Gene Mansfield.
Penwell-Gabel Junction City Funeral Chapel assisting with Kansas arrangements; Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL is assisting with arrangements in Illinois and Welch Funeral Home in Ford City, Pennsylvania is assisting with arrangements in Pennsylvania.
Memorials are to be made out to The American Heart Association, or Wares Grove Lutheran Church.