Howard F. Mantooth


Howard F. Mantooth

Howard F. Mantooth, 91, of Kankakee, Ill., passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at his son’s home in Kankakee.

He was born on April 23, 1926, in Bradley County, to Alpheus and Grace Hayes Mantooth. Howard married Jo Collins on Sept. 15, 1967, in Bloomington, Ill. 

Howard was a retired employee of CarQuest. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Princeton, Ill. Howard enjoyed working on cars and racing them, and he loved to sing.

Howard is survived by his wife, Jo Mantooth; eight sons and eight daughters-in-law, Robert and Cathy Mantooth, of Tennessee, Joseph and ChanYe Mantooth, of Alabama, John and Irene Mantooth, Lamar and Cindy Mantooth, of California, Jeffery and Mary Collins, Harold and Jennifer Talbott-Mantooth, of Washington, Ronald and Cyndee Mantooth, and Douglas and Jennifer Mantooth; two daughters, Linda Singleton, of North Carolina and Anita Davis, of Tennessee;  numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virgie Toomey, of Tennessee. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Wayne, Herman, Leonard, and Hugh; a sister, Gladys; and one grandson, John Mantooth.

Visitation will be held from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in Kankakee. Pastor Wright Eavenson will officiate.

Burial will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. 

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church in Princeton.

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