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Howard Clinton Chism
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Obituary for Howard Clinton Chism

Howard Chism, age 88, of Mattoon passed away at 2:54 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Skinner officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at Schilling Funeral Home.
Howard was born on July 2, 1929 in Mattoon, the son of Ross and Alma (Williams) Chism. He married Wanda Jean Davis on August 16, 1947. They enjoyed sixty-seven years of marriage before she preceded him in death on April 10, 2015.
Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Dean) Birdsong of Mattoon, IL; son, Michael (Paula) Chism of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Stacey (Paula) Birdsong of Mattoon, IL, Rachel (Joe) Meaker of Mattoon, IL, Heather Chism of Charleston, IL, Brice (Trish) Birdsong of Effingham, IL and Summar (Wade) Smith of Mattoon, IL; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Chism-Ferguson, Nadine Chism-Blagg, Joan Chism-Seaborn and Jean Chism-Hawkins. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Chauncey, Harold, Robert, Dale Dean, Larry and Garry; sister, Shirley Chism-Pankey.
Howard was a foreman over the machine shop at General Electric for 38 years. Howard was a member of the Moose Lodge. He also farmed all throughout his life. Most of all, Howard loved spending time with his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Operation Sleigh Ride at Mattoon Fire Department or Friendship Baptist Church, 18709 Harrison Street, Charleston, IL 61920. Online condolences may be expressed at or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Funeral Service




2:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Cemetery Details


Bethel Cemetery

Lafayette Township, IL

Memorial Contribution

Operation Sleigh Ride Mattoon Fire Department

1812 Prairie Ave
Mattoon , IL 61938

Friendship Baptist Church

18709 Harrison Street
Charleston, IL 61920

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