Arrangements By:

Overton Funeral Home, Traer

Howard Alcorn

Howard (William) Alcorn, 82, of Traer WALKED into the Kingdom of God on March 2, 2020, at Sunrise Hill Care Center from complications of COPD. Howard was born June 16, 1937, at the family home, in rural Traer, one of three children born to William and Cleo (Powell) Alcorn.  After graduation from Traer High School in 1955, he attended Gates Business College in Waterloo and studied business administration.  Howard worked at Viking Pump and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, at Ft. Monroe, VA.  After his honorable discharge, he and his father farmed together north of Buckingham for many years.  On March 23, 1976, Howard was seriously injured in a tree-cutting accident, resulting in paralysis.  After much rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, he rebuilt his life.  He had a farm sale, installed hand controls in his vehicle, and built a wheelchair-accessible house on his farm.  He lived there with his sister Jean and her family until 1995, when he moved to Sunrise Terraces in Traer.


Howard enjoyed traveling, taking many trips to the southwest, the Rocky Mountain states, and to Ireland. He made good use of his photography hobby on these trips and enlarged his own prints taken on his Hasselblad camera.  He devoted many hours to reading history books, especially on the topics of WWII, the Civil War, Plains Indians, and Custer’s Last Stand.  Howard was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church in Traer and was a member of the Traer American Legion, serving as historian for many years.


Howard’s quiet strength of character in dealing with his paralysis and his dry sense of humor will be greatly missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Marlys and Max Dietze, Georgetown, TX; nephew Max Dietze, Jr., Louisville, KS; nieces Heidi Dietze, Washington D.C., Kathleen Geater, Columbia, TN, and Suzanne (Gene) Alberts, Onalaska, WI; 6 great-nieces/nephews; and 9 great-great-nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ray Wellman and his nephew, Jim Wellman.


In lieu of flowers, direct memorials to the United Presbyterian Church, Traer. The family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise Hill Care Center for the wonderful care and kindness given to Howard.


The visitation will be on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 10 to 11 AM at the Overton Funeral Home in Traer followed by a graveside service at Buckingham Cemetery.  Military rites will be conducted by the Traer American Legion. Following the burial, everyone is invited to the Traer United Presbyterian Church for a luncheon and a time of sharing.  In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Traer United Presbyterian Church.




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