Howard Morley Feldman, 96, of Rockford, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Wesley Willows after a lengthy illness. A funeral service and burial with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Muzzy Chapel, in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. The Rev. Gary L. Feldman will officiate. Memorials may be made to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund, 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., in Rockford, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Howard Morley Feldman, 96, of Rockford, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Wesley Willows after a lengthy illness. A funeral service and burial with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Muzzy Chapel, in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. The Rev. Gary L. Feldman will officiate. Memorials may be made to Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund, 4141 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., in Rockford, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Howard was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Sterling, the son of James Clarence and Hazel Mae (Morley) Feldman. He graduated in 1940 from Geneseo Township High School, serving as senior class president. He attended Knox College, in Galesburg, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, in Urbana, in 1947.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and graduated in January 1944 as a 2nd Lt. multi-engine pilot. After operational training in a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, he was shipped overseas to the 15th Air Force – 449th Bomb Group, 718th Squadron located in southern Italy at Grottaglie. He flew 46 missions over Western Europe and the Balkans earning three battle stars for the Rome-Arno campaign, southern France and Normandy, two unit citations, an air medal and three oakleaf clusters.

Targets included oil refineries in Romania (Ploesti), Austria and Albania; railway in Brenner Pass; railways and bridges in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Italy; marshaling yards in Italy, Greece, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Germany; gun positions in Italy and support for ground troops in the invasion of southern France.

Howard married his childhood sweetheart Josephine Arvilla Reschke on Feb. 14, 1946, in Geneseo. He moved to Rockford after college graduation and was employed by Atwood Vacuum as director of planning control until 1966. From 1966 until his retirement in 1983, he was employed as vice president of manufacturing for Taylor Freezer Company, in Rockton. In 1977, during his employment with Taylor, he organized Rockford Metal Polishing Co., which continues today.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church having served on the finance committee and as an usher; charter member and former president of A.P.I.C.S.(Rockford Chapter of American Production & Inventory Control Society); former member of the National Association of Accountants; life member Masonic Blue Lodge, Geneseo; Freeport Consistory; former member of the University Club of Rockford; life member of Burpee Museum of Natural History having served on the board; life member of Geneseo Historical Society; and former board member of Farmers’ National Bancorp Inc. of Geneseo.

As an avid traveler, he traveled all over the world visiting all seven continents but especially loved his Wisconsin farm.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Anne Gagliano, of South Beloit; and Martha Jo Clark, of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, John J. (Laura) Gagliano, of Loves Park; Matthew H. (Rebecca) Clark; and Elizabeth A. Clark, of Rochester, Minn.; nephews, William M. (Barbara) Feldman, of Hinsdale; Bob (Pat) Feldman, of Attleboro, Mass.; and Gary L. Feldman, of Morton; a niece, Janet Feldman, of Clinton, N.C.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers and their wives, Robert J. (Marilyn) Feldman and Donald L. (Gloria) Feldman; and son-in-law, Scott F. Clark.

Special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Wesley Willows for their loving care.