Howard J. "Howie" Stokes

August 8, 1937 - November 30, 2020

Howard J.


Howard J. “Howie” Stokes, 83, of Cherry Valley, IL passed away peacefully at his home on November 30, 2020. Howie was born on August 8, 1937 in Rockford, IL to Ernest and Frances (Doonan) Stokes. He married the love of his life, Gloria Foss, on August 4, 1962 in Rockford, IL. They had 58 beautiful years together. Howie worked in the janitorial department at Swedish American Hospital for a number of years before retiring. He loved to play horseshoes and cheer on the Chicago Cubs and Bears. As soon as Howie finished watching, “The Price is Right” he would watch his favorite show, “Walker Texas Ranger”, he never missed an episode. Most importantly, Howie loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Hannah. He would bring her everywhere with him.

Howie will be dearly missed by his wife, Gloria; children, Barbara Schumaker, Jeffrey Stokes, and Rebecca Lambert; siblings, Nancy Larson, Frank Stokes, William Stokes, and Henry “Hank” Stokes; granddaughter, Hannah; constant canine companion, Sammy; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Carl Foss and Alice Foss; sister-in-law, June and late husband, Marvin Ortberg; and son-in-law, Dave Lambert.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial contributions in Howie’s memory may be donated to the Winnebago County Animal Services. To leave the family a memory, please visit

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I’m so sorry about uncle Howard. No one has gotten a hold of us to at least tell us. I have been looking and trying to get a hold of Barbara for a long time now yes I’m so sorry you guys about your dad

Alice stokes 2021-08-10T20:02:05

Thoughts & prayers to you and your family Becky.

Trish O'Brien-Fralix 2020-12-09T19:26:49

Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. And teaching me to love the Cubs. I’m glad you got to see them win a World Series. You will be missed. RIP, Howie.

Stephanie 2020-12-02T12:50:15


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