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Staff Sgt. Sean Nicholas Howardson

Staff Sgt. Sean Nicholas Howardson, 24, serving with the US Army, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October, 11, 2011 at the Joint Base Lewis - McChord, Washington.

He was born on April 28, 1987 in Arcadia, CA, the son of Ambrose and Dawn Miller Howardson. Dawn remarried to Jeffery Eckhardt in October 1993. Sean looked up to Jeff as his dad.

Sean was an amazing athlete, friend, uncle, brother and son. At Fort Madison High School, he lettered in track as a freshman and in 2004 his relay team advanced to the Drake Relays. Sean also received many college invitations for football.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 2006. He served one tour in Afghanistan from July 2009 to July 2010.

He is survived by his mother and dad, Dawn and Jeff Eckhardt of Durham, Illinois, his fiancé, Stefany Amacker, two sisters, Michelle Howardson of Fort Madison and Ashley (Joe) Johnson of Fort Campbell, KY, one brother, Justin (Kerri) Howardson of Fort Bliss, TX, grandmother, Gen Miller of Galesburg, IL, grandparents, Dale and Emily Eckhardt of Durham, IL and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father Ambrose, grandfathers, Theodore Miller and Ignatius Howardson, his grandmother, Edna Meyer and an uncle, Teddy Miller.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Dallas City with Rev. Lee Unger officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Durham Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. In remembrance of Sean, a memorial has been established in his memory with the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Send a condolence here.

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